Course ID EES87XGP
Department English
Subject Core English
Can you take this course more than once? No
Periods per Day 1.0
Special Permission Yes
  • All of the following are true:
    • Student GPA in a subject greater than E,92
    • Student is in 11th grade
  • Fulfills the following graduation requirements
      Also in the following groups
      Syllabus No Syllabus Found


      As seniors, you are preparing to leave Stuyvesant and become citizens of the world who will attend diverse institutions, study abroad, and vote. It will serve you well to have read not only global history, but first-hand global narratives: literature that provides compelling and authentic insight to cultures that are underrepresented in the traditional European and American canons. Global Perspectives will offer students fiction and nonfiction from Africa, Asia, and South America, and by African-Americans, Native Americans, and women.

      Each student brings his or her own set of unique experiences to a reading, which creates another layer of “global perspectives” within the classroom each day. Our discussions will help students both feel more at home in the world, seeing their own family’s experiences and values reflected, and expand their worldview by developing a better understanding of new cultures. Assignments will ask students to both analyze these texts and express personal growth as a reader and thinker. A culminating senior portfolio will be modeled after Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. (Reading at Stuyvesant…)

      Potential titles include:

      The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

      Beloved by Toni Morrison

      Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

      There, There by Tommy Orange

      Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

      The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

      Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

      Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

      White Teeth by Zadie Smith

      Waiting by Ha Jin

      Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

      Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

      The Tempest by William Shakespeare