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.”
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.
Minimum Enrollment Required: 5
Maximum Class Size: 20
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
Class Meets: Mondays, 8:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific
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Anna Drummond, M.A.
Anna Drummond graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland with an MA (Hons) joint degree in English & Art History. While at St Andrews she focused her studies on British Literature and Renaissance Architecture and Painting. After graduating and taking time to travel the Continent she returned to the United States to partake in a fellowship at the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia where she studied public policy in a rigorous seminar setting. Following her time in Philadelphia, she was a student at the Tertio Millenia Seminar on the Free Society in Krakow, Poland. After getting married in Washington, DC, she and her husband relocated to Phoenix, AZ where she taught English and History at St Mary’s Catholic High School. While there, she was involved in campus ministry and greatly enjoyed sharing her love of literature with her students. Anna currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Charles and her two young boys, Robbie and Edmund.
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*The Picture of Dorian Gray
*All Creatures Great and Small
*Pride & Prejudice
*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
thriftbooks.com, abebooks.com, and betterworldbooks.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about purchasing the text.
*Elements of Style
The Instructor will provide additional selections from Paradise Lost and The Canterbury Tales.
*Stewart English Program
*Essay on Man/Other Poems