Literary Studies 11 Enriched

***This class is part of the enrichment stream and should be taken in Grade 11 in preparation for AP English Literature & Composition.  This class may also be taken by Grade 12’s as an elective in addition to English 12.

We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar:  that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough; that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are.  Yet the strongest most authentic motive for deep reading…is the search for difficult pleasure.

-Harold Bloom

Welcome to English Literature 11/12!images-for-gt-stack-of-books-cartoon-black-and-white

This course offers students who love literature the opportunity to examine and appreciate the rich literary heritage of English speaking peoples by reading inside the “Western Canon,” that is some of the most beautiful, witty, wise, and insightful texts written in English from the Medieval Ages to the Victorian Era. Students will develop a sense of literature’s breadth and expansion over time, as well as an understanding of how literature both reflects and shapes culture. In this course, literary texts are studied both as works of art for close reading and as reflections of social, political, and historical forces. Reading widely is an important factor for an educated mind. By reading works that are sophisticated in thought and style, students will strengthen their aesthetic appreciation and critical judgement.

Classroom Assessment and Evaluation:

Assessment is the process of gathering evidence about what a student knows, understands, and is able to do.   Letter grades will be assigned to final assessments according to the following scale.

  • A=86-100
  • B=73-85
  • C+=67-72
  • C=60-66
  • C-=50-59
  • F=0-49

Term Weighting

Assignments – 60%

Tests and Quizzes – 30%

Homework and Participation – 10%

  • I Reports, if needed, will be distributed mid-term as progress reports with the expectation that students keep up with the balance of assignments and maintain a minimum percentage of 50% for the remainder of the term or risk failing the term.

Literature 12 Course Content

In the text, Adventures in English Literature, students will be responsible for:

  • the introductory passages on the social, political, and literary history of each period, and
  • the literary selections and biographical notes of the authors listed below on the Course Outline.
  1. THE MIDDLE AGES                    449-1485

The Anglo-Saxon Period

from Beowulf

The Medieval Period

Geoffrey Chaucer:  from  The Canterbury Tales

Ballad tradition:  “Bonnie Barbara Allan” and others

  1. THE RENAISSANCE                   1485-1660

The Elizabethan Age

Christopher Marlowe:  “The Passionate Shepard to his Love”

Sir Walter Raleigh:  “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepard”

William Shakespeare:  Sonnets 18,29,30,73,116,130;  Hamlet

Francis Bacon:  “Of Studies” (prose)

The Jacobean Age

John Donne:  “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning” “Holy Sonnet 14”  “Holy Sonnet 10” “Meditation 17”

Andrew Marvell: “To His Coy Mistress”

Robert Herrick:  “To the Virgins” “To Daffodils”

King James Bible:  Genesis 1-3

The Puritan Age

John Milton:  “On His Blindness”and from Paradise Lost


The Age of Reason / Enlightenment

Alexander Pope:  from “The Rape of the Lock”

Jonathan Swift:  A Modest Proposal (prose)

The Pre-Romantics

Thomas Gray:  “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

Robbie Burns:  “To a Mouse” “To a Louse”

William Blake:  “The Lamb” “The Tyger” “A Poison Tree” “Jerusalem”

  1. THE ROMANTIC AGE                1798-1832

William Wordsworth:  “Tintern Abbey” “My Heart Leaps Up” “The World is Too Much with Us”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge:  “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Lord Byron:  “Apostrophe to the Ocean”

Percy Bysshe Shelley:  “Ode to the West Wind” “Ozymandias”

John Keats:  “Ode to a Nightingale” “When I Have Fears” “Ode on a Grecian Urn” “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”

Mary Shelley:  Frankenstein

  1. THE VICTORIAN AGE 1832-1900

Alfred, Lord Tennyson:  “The Lady of Shallot” “Ulysses” “Break, Break, Break” “Crossing the Bar”

Robert Browning:  “My Last Duchess”

Emily Bronte:  “Song”

Matthew Arnold:  “Dover Beach”

Thomas Hardy:  “The Darkling Thrush”

Emily Dickinson:  “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”

  1. 20TH CENTURY (if time allows)

William Butler Yeats:  “The Second Coming” “Sailing to Byzantium” “When You are Old”

Wilfred Owen:  “Dulce et Decorum Est”

Rupert Brooke:  “The Soldier”

TS Eliot:  “The Hollow Men”

Dylan Thomas:  “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

Margaret Atwood:  “Siren Song”