British Literature

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from. And every phrase
And sentence that is right (where every word is at home,
Taking its place to support the others,
The word neither diffident nor ostentatious,
An easy commerce of the old and the new,
The common word exact without vulgarity,
The formal word precise but not pedantic,
The complete consort dancing together)
Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning,
Every poem an epitaph.”
~T.S. Eliot

From the Medieval warrior epic Beowulf, to the complex introspection of Shakespeare’s Hamlet,to the subtle humor of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to the existential struggles of modernism and post-modernism, British Literature students journey from the beginning to the end of the English language’s greatest masterpieces. Weekly discussions examine themes that continue from Beowulf to the present day, as well as exposing students to the historical and cultural context of their assignments.

Writing assignments will focus closely on literary analysis. Students will write 3 persuasive essays, one of which will be a comparison/contrast essay, using MLA style. Grammar lessons will cover and review the essentials of parts of speech and sentence structure. Readings and discussions will also cover literary terms and devices that are important for standardized tests and college-level literature classes.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

  • To listen to a sampling of a British Literature live class session (23 April 2019), CLICK HERE. 
Prerequisites:  Intro to Lit & Comp  or permission of instructor
Instructor:  Serena Warnky, M.A.
Age Level:  13 -19 years
Minimum Enrollment Required: 5
Maximum Class Size: 20
Tuition per Semester:  $390
Class Meets:
Mondays, 8:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific
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Fall enrollment is closed. Students may be able to enroll with the instructor’s permission. Please contact Spring registration opens Oct 18th.

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Serena Warnky, M.A.

Serena Warnky grew up in the mountains of Northern California. Being homeschooled through 8th grade gave her lots of time to play outside and read everything in the tiny local library. She attended high school at a small classical school where she was first introduced to the Great Books and Latin. After a bachelor's in English at Hillsdale College where she also helped edit the creative writing publication, she worked on a small organic farm in Virginia before moving to Dallas, TX to teach. While teaching, she earned a masters degree in literature, focusing on Middle English, from the University of Dallas. She has taught literature and composition since 2013, and has presented papers at several national and international conferences. In July of 2021, she published an article on Chaucer's Legend of Good Women in the Chaucer Review. She lives in North Texas with her husband and their baby daughter, Beatrice, in a snug RV while they start a working ranch.

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* Beowulf





dorian gray

*The Picture of Dorian Gray


*All Creatures Great and Small



*Pride & Prejudice


*Great Expectations


*A Modest Proposal and Other Works



*Much Ado About Nothing


A Handbook to Literature

NOTE: This book may be purchased at lower prices from several sellers other than Amazon, including,, and Please purchase the 10th edition.  The book will be used in both American and British Literature, so if you take both classes, you can use the book for two years. Please e-mail the instructor at
 with any questions about purchasing the text.


*Elements of Style
4th ed.

The Instructor will provide additional selections from  Paradise Lost  and  The Canterbury Tales.

*Stewart English Program
Book 1


*Essay on Man/Other Poems