Scholars’ Seminar: Literature
Full-year course. Scholars’ Seminar: Literature is designed to engage rhetoric-stage students in reading, literary discussion, and literary analysis. Students will come together with their instructor twice a week to discuss a broad array of readings including novels, drama, autobiographies, short stories, and essays. The course guides students in the close reading and critical analysis of classic and contemporary works of literature and helps them appreciate the texts and the contexts in which the works were written. In particular, this course makes use of a paired text framework, encouraging students to engage with each text individually and in conversation with another work that shares similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style.
This course requires students to read multiple texts in advance of the weeks that are spent discussing them in class. As such, students will develop the ability to manage cognitive load as they practice daily reading and notetaking habits for one set of readings while working through in-class discussions and assignments on the previous set of readings, a valuable skill set for further academic success.
Please note: This course is designed for high-school students. Several of these readings contain topics, scenarios, subjects, and themes that younger and/or more sensitive readers may find upsetting or unsettling. While these texts are appropriate for most mature high school students, students and parents should be aware of the complexities and intensities of these readings in advance. If you have any concerns we encourage you to check the texts out at the local library before enrolling your student.