Modern Literature

OFFERED 2022-2023!

  • Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Tuition: $60/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
  • Credit: 1 English credit
  • Prerequisites: Writing II or equivalent writing skills; Also, because the ideas covered in Modern History and Literature need to be understood in light of the ideas of the previous historical eras, students must be able to demonstrate familiarity with ancient and medieval ideas before taking Modern History and/or Modern Literature.
  • Grades: 11-12 only; Students in the Humane Letters Diploma Program should take Moderns in their senior year
  • Pairing: You can pair this course with Modern History
  • Description: Through close reading of key works of modern literature (1500-1950), students deepen their understanding of the ideas that created modern culture – and did much to destroy it.
  • Assessment: Each semester, students write two essays using structures from classical rhetoric and create two projects related to the literature. At the conclusion of each semester, students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on one of their essays and responding to questions from the audience.
  • Books Needed: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Shakespeare, Hamlet (Recommended ISBN: 9781586172619, Ignatius)
    • Shakespeare, King Lear (Recommended ISBN: 9781586171377, Ignatius)
    • Shakespeare, The Tempest (Recommended ISBN: 978-0743482837, Folger)
    • Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (Recommended ISBN: 9780679420293, Pevear-Volokhonsky translation)
    • Lewis, That Hideous Strength (ISBN: 978-0743234924)
    • Choose ONE from THREE of the categories below:
      • Enlightenment / Romantic Era: any novel by Jane Austen OR Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (Recommended ASIN: B008HJ1LHW)
      • Victorian Era: Dickens, Bleak House (Recommended ISBN: 978-0199536313 Oxford) OR Gaskell, North and South (Recommended ISBN: 978-0140434248, Penguin)
      • Early 20th-Century: Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Recommended ISBN: 978-0486264646, Dover) OR Kafka, Metamorphosis (Recommended ISBN: 978-0805210552, Schocken) OR Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (Recommended ISBN: 978-0449213940, Ballantine)
      • Dystopian movement: Huxley, Brave New World (Recommended ISBN: 978-0060850524, Harper) OR Orwell, 1984 (Recommended ISBN: 978-0451524935, Signet)
    • OPTIONAL (but fun!): Choose EITHER Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit OR Sayers, Gaudy Night