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Honors European Literature

Course: 512

Grade Level:
Course Length:
Full Year
1 Credit
  • Composition & Literature with 90 average or Honors Composition & Literature with 85 average
  • Departmental Approval

Course Description:

This course surveys seminal works of European literature, including lyric poetry, tragedy, the epic, the romance, and the estates satire. Authors studied include Shakespeare, Dante, and Chaucer. Students will write at least one analytical essay per quarter, as well as structured creative works in imitation of the literature they are studying. Students are required to complete summer reading and an accompanying assignment prior to the start of school.

Textbook/Class Resources:

9781319182694, Hacker, The Bedford Handbook: Eleventh ed., Bedford St. Martin’s, 2020. (The Bedford Handbook will be used throughout the year, and subsequent years, for many purposes. The eleventh edition is absolutely essential for classroom use.)

or 9781319361082, Hacker, The Bedford Handbook with 2020 APA Update: Eleventh ed., Bedford St. Martin’s, 2020 (This Bedford Handbook was previously purchased for use in 9th grade.)

It is essential to obtain these particular editions:

9780393283891, Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms: Second ed., Norton, 2017

9781593082666, McNamara, trans., Beowulf, Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005

9780140440928, Stone, trans., Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Penguin, 1974

9781547701117, Wright, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Student Guide, Second ed., Memoria Press, 2019

9780140424386, Chaucer, trans. Coghill, Canterbury Tales, Penguin, 2003

9780142437223, Dante, trans. Musa, Divine Comedy, Volume I: Inferno, Penguin Classics, 1984*

9780198324003, Shakespeare, Macbeth (Oxford School Shakespeare), Oxford University Press, 2009

*NB: The same translation of Inferno is found in 9780142437544, The Portable Dante.