Course: Senior English (Literature)

V Senior English (Literature) • 2016 listing - for reference only • Grade 12 or above • Literature Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* Sections
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Section 1 Instructor: Bruce McMenomy
Classes meet from September 6, 2016 to June 2, 2017
Tuesday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET • Thursday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Midyear Transfer Allowed
Tuition: $650.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Senior English (Literature) website.
* Description
This course attempts to fill some of the gaps left by the other courses in the sequence, and to revisit older authors and topics of particular importance, while helping to build a greater synthetic understanding of literary operations and theory, and a stronger proficiency in writing. Accordingly it includes some French classicism, the Russian novel, German proto-romanticism, and the English gothic as well as more Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, Hawthorne, Melville, and Austen.

We will primarily read modern literature in the western tradition, with a few excursions into areas that seem too important to ignore - some of which are also specially noted as relevant in the College Board's AP materials.

The other point of this class is to address the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement English program, leading to the AP exam. Taking the AP Exam, however, is not required.

Note: The College Board has begun to audit all curricula offered with the AP label. Having examined their standards, I have decided not to pursue their approval: it seems clear to me that meeting their expectations would entail dumbing the course down considerably. We cannot call this course AP English, therefore, but its substance is basically unchanged from the days when we did. It has provided solid preparation for students intending to take the AP Exam.

* Meetings
This course meets 2 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
This is without a doubt the most intensive course in the literature sequence. It entails a vast amount of reading, writing, critical discussion, and challenging thinking. The student should expect to spend two hours a day on it outside class. Some very strong readers might be able to do the reading in less, but there are also substantial writing assignments almost every week. The course is organized as a seminar for much of its duration, and expects full participation from all students.
* Prerequisites
To be admitted to Senior English, a student should: (a) be a senior; (b) have completed English and American Literature or their equivalents; (c) secure permission from the instructor. I am willing to consider exceptions to either of the first two, but they tend to be fairly rare.
* Recommended background
While it is possible to waive one or another of the various prerequisites, the course presumes serious commitment to literature and literary thinking, and should not be undertaken without some solid background. Some solid writing preparation is also strongly advised.
V Textbooks and Materials
* An Experiment in Criticism
C. S. Lewis
This text is required.
ISBN: 0521422817
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Anton Chekhov's Selected Plays (Norton Critical Editions)
Anton Chekhov, Laurence Senelick (Translator)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393924653
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* Billy Budd and Other Tales
Hermann Melville, Joyce Carol Oates
This text is required.
ISBN: 0451526872
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Copenhagen
Michael Frayn
This text is required.
ISBN: 0385720793
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Emma (Norton Critical Edition) (Edition: 3)
Jane Austen
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393972844
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* Ethan Frome: Authoritative Text Backgrounds and Contexts Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
Edith Wharton, Kristin O. Lauer, Cynthia Griffin Wolff
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393966356
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* Fathers and Children (Norton Critical Edition) (Edition: 2)
Ivan Turgenev, ed. Michael R. Katz
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393927970
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: It is essential to get this edition of the book. Other versions are not going to provide the correct critical material for our class discussions.
* Hamlet: An Authoritative Text, Intellectual Backgrounds, Extracts from the Sources, Essays in Criticism (Norton Critical Editions) (Edition: 2)
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393956636
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) (Edition: 2)
Joseph Conrad, Ross Murfin (Editor)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0312114915
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* Henry IV, Part 2 (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 074348505X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials for various class activities.
* Henry IV, Part I (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743485041
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials for various class activities.
* Henry V (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743484878
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials for various class activities.
* Ibsen's Selected Plays (Norton Critical Editions)
Henrik Ibsen, Brian Johnston (Editor)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393924041
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* Iphigenia; Phaedra; Athaliah (Penguin Classics)
Jean Baptiste Racine
This text is required.
ISBN: 0140441220
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Any complete text of this play in a reasonable translation will suffice.
* Measure for Measure (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743484908
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry (Edition: 13)
Thomas R. Arp, Greg Johnson
This text is required.
ISBN: 1428289704
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: It is imperative that you get and use this edition only. It is signficantly changed from previous editions.
* Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard
This text is required.
ISBN: 0802132758
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Any complete edition of this play will suffice.
* Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations
Levy Lind (ed.)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0395051177
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical Illusion (Penguin Classics)
Pierre Corneille, John Cairncross
This text is required.
ISBN: 0140443126
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Any complete edition of this play will suffice.
* The Complete Greek Tragedies: Euripides I
David Grene (Editor), Richmond Lattimore (Editor)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0226307808
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
This text is required.
ISBN: 0743273567
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The House of the Seven Gables (Norton Critical Edition)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert S. Levine (Editor)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393924769
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* The Life of the Drama
Eric Bentley
This text is required.
ISBN: 1557831106
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Misanthrope and Other Plays (Signet Classics)
Jean-Baptiste Moliere, Donald M. Frame
This text is required.
ISBN: 0451529871
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Any complete edition of the play will suffice.
* The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro
This text is required.
ISBN: 0679731725
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Rhetoric of Fiction (Edition: 2)
Wayne C. Booth
This text is required.
ISBN: 0226065588
Publisher's website: The Rhetoric of Fiction
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: A reasonable search online or through Amazon’s secondary dealers can often turn up inexpensive used copies of this volume.
* The Sorrows of Young Werther (Penguin Classics)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Michael Hulse (Translator)
This text is required.
ISBN: 014044503X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* The Waste Land (Norton Critical Editions)
T. S. Eliot, Michael North (Editor)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393974995
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
C. S. Lewis
This text is required.
ISBN: 0156904365
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
* War and Peace (Signet Classics)
Leo Tolstoy, Ann Dunnigan (tr.)
This text is required.
ISBN: 0451523261
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Any complete version will suffice, but I strongly recommend the Dunnigan version for readability.
* Wuthering Heights (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) (Edition: 2)
Emily Bronte, Linda H. Peterson
This text is required.
ISBN: 0312256868
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Please get this edition specifically. We will be using the unique critical materials in the back for various class activities.
* 100 Words Almost Everyone Confuses and Misuses
Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional.
ISBN: 0618493336
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Highly recommended for writing guidance on questions of usage. Not strictly required.


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