American Studies

An interdisciplinary course combining honors U.S. History and eleventh-grade English, American Studies tracks intersecting threads of history, literature, art, and culture throughout the development of

Classics in Translation

“Muse, tell me of the many-turning man.” So begins Homer’s epic tale about the prevarications and arrivals of Odysseus, the man whose winning way with

New York Stories

Writers have said of New York City that “the present is so powerful…that the past is lost,” but for anyone who has wandered through the

Defining Literary Traditions

Tenth-grade English emphasizes critical reading, focused discussions, and a variety of writing assignments connected to the study of literature derived from the British tradition. Close

American Dreams

The American Dream is a familiar phrase, but what does it mean? Whose dream is it? Is there just one dream for all Americans? How

In the American Grain

What does it mean to write, and to live, in the American grain? When William Carlos Williams sought to answer that question, he looked to

America in Black & White

American writer W.E.B. DuBois once claimed that “the problem of the 20th century [was] the problem of the color-line—the relation of the darker to the

American Voices

In addition to the core texts, Gatsby, Huck Finn, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, we will also use a wide range of American short stories and novels

Future Shock: Contemporary Literature

The ground-breaking “dystopian” novels of the 20th Century, such as Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World and Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, have produced an extraordinary

Central Questions

When Hamlet asks, “To be, or not to be? That is the question,” he utters what has become, unfortunately, a cliche. In the context of

Mystery Madness and Lies

This course will examine the importance of narrators to fiction. We will consider the function of the narrator as fundamental to how a reader interprets

Slavery’s Literary Legacy

This course will examine both the historical and contemporary impact of telling the storyof slavery in America. From first person narrative and science fiction to