LITERATURE (Middle Ages, the Renaissance & the Romantics)

The Giants of Literature electives are an expansive exploration of the literary canon, equipping students with the cultural capital that will benefit their future studies in English and the Humanities, and, more importantly, make them interesting and popular dinner guests long into the future. In Giants of Literature (Middle Ages, the Renaissance & the Romantics), students study a breadth of texts across key movements and genres, from the medieval epic Beowulf and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, to the Metaphysical poets of the English Renaissance, to iconic Romantic and Gothic writers of the late-nineteenth century. Students will be rewarded with a great bird’s eye view of how some of the big universal themes of literature have developed over time prior to the twentieth century, and how the great cannon of literature continues to challenge and inspire our lives in the twenty-first century. Students will also be invited to question how we should ‘understand’ the literary canon. Is it just about ‘dead white males’, or have we become more expansive in our celebration of great works?

ASSESSMENT
1. Responding analytically (50%)
2. Comparing texts (25%)
3. Responding in spoken form (25%)

LITERATURE (20th & 21st Centuries)

The Giants of Literature electives are an expansive exploration of the literary canon, equipping students with the cultural capital that will benefit their future studies in English and the Humanities, and, more importantly, make them interesting and popular dinner guests long into the future. In Giants of Literature (20th & 21st Centuries), students study a breadth of texts across key movements and genres of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from iconic Modernist writers like W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, to popular writers of the Cold War period (post the atomic bomb) and modern day. Students will be rewarded with a great bird’s eye view of how some of the big universal themes of literature have developed over time, and how the great cannon of literature continues to challenge and inspire our lives in the twenty-first century. Students will also be invited to question how we should ‘understand’ the literary canon. Is it just about ‘dead white males’, or have we become more expansive in our celebration of great works?

ASSESSMENT
1. Responding analytically (50%)
2. Comparing texts (25%)
3. Responding in spoken form (25%)