The history and literature of the world is like an expansive complex spiderweb. The labyrinthine twists and turns, connections and contradictions, languages and layers all come together to create an incredible weave of ideas and influences. This course explores the works of many countries and cultures, comparing and analyzing the effects of major historical events and movements and the ways they appear in different literary places. Through brief studies of world religions and their sacred texts as well as myths and philosophical writings both ancient and modern, students can understand the foundational beliefs that have built and changed complex cultures and societies, which in turn have fostered influential works of fiction and nonfiction. Students will read and compare the influences of the Enlightenment and Romanticism in Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse Eugene Onegin and Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther; they will journey back to medieval, classical, and early modern China and Japan to the worlds of dynasties, samurai, and madmen through novels, poetry, and plays. They will analyze and discuss the post-colonial world of many African voices as well as the post-war literature of Holocaust survivors and surveyors. Through various plays, students will study and critique the performative nature of drama and how that influences the way the story is depicted and perceived, from the controversy and comedy of Molière’s Tartuffe to the struggles of 19th century women in Henrick Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Finally, a collection of essays from contemporary American writers will challenge students’ perceptions of what it means to be American and what constitutes “American” literature. And throughout the course, students will receive direct writing instruction and expert feedback on research-supported essays featuring textual analysis, interpretation, and persuasion.
English 5/6 College World Lit and Comp
Notes and Requirements
College Credit: This course is pre-approved for college credit (Belhaven ENG 203, 3 credits). Upon successful completion of this course, the student may apply for a college transcript from Belhaven University for this course. These transcripted credits may be transferred to other colleges. More information is here.
Course Sequence: Students typically take two or more English 4/5/6 courses. They may generally be taken in any order, though some sequences may be better for some purposes (e.g., preparation for a particular AP course). On a transcript, the courses will be listed to differentiate them in the best interest of the student while meeting guidelines of the applicable accrediting and certifying organization(s). Please consult TPS Support with questions about course sequence or transcripts.
Flexible Scheduling: This course may be taken with live class attendance reduced or waived (recording only) if the student has a time zone or schedule conflict. Select this option when you enroll or notify TPS for approval.
Mature Content: The content and subject matter of this course are mature and challenging. For this reason, the course is targeted for grades 11 and 12, and has prerequisites consistent with its level. To be approved for this standout course, students must demonstrate strong upper-HS level background in literary analysis and analytical essay writing that has prepared them to study complex works from authors and cultures outside the “Judeo-Christian” tradition.