World Literature

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Course Summary

In this World Literature course, eleventh- and twelfth-grade students explore powerful works of literature from around the globe and across the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. In addition to placing each novel in its own particular social-historical context, students also work to recognize commonalities in the human experience across cultures and time periods. Explorations of enduring themes such as love, family, memory, and culture are woven throughout the course. An investigation of colonialism and its impact on our world also plays a prominent role in many units. Students will spend time examining the techniques and styles of the various authors, analyzing how each author crafts his or her story and communicates his or her message, including a special emphasis on intertextuality and the author’s use of allusions to other great works of literature to deepen their own messages. A culminating project of the year will ask students to investigate the idea of authors as political and social commentators who can make significant contributions to our world through their works of fiction.