Course ID EES83QEL
Department English
Subject Core English
Can you take this course more than once? No
Periods per Day 1.0
Special Permission No
Eligibility No restriction
Fulfills the following graduation requirements
Also in the following groups
Syllabus No Syllabus Found


This yearlong course invites students to read, discuss, and write about challenging and culturally formative texts of the last 3,000 years, from the Greek plays and Homer’s Odyssey to contemporary works of literature, such as Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire. Students will consider themes as central and far-reaching as the nature of truth, the role of power and ambition in society, the meaning of artistic freedom, the complications of race and gender, and the role of fate and free will in literature and culture. Essential questions will include:

Students will hone and expand the writing skills introduced in Freshman Composition, crafting analytical and creative pieces, and responding to literary scholarship in order to deepen an understanding of the texts.


Texts may include: