Literature of the Early Modern World

Course Description


Full-year course. A survey of literature, from the “first novel” through 1800. When taken in combination with History of the Renaissance and Early Modern World, students will receive the integrated Great Books and History coverage recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. 

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required texts:  

  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605), abridged, trans. and ed. Walter Starkie
    • Signet Classics, 2013. ISBN 9780451532299
  • John Donne, selections from the English poems (c. 1635)
    • The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne, ed. Charles M. Coffin, Modern Library, 2001. ISBN 9780375757341
  • John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (1679)
    • Dover Publications, Dover Thrift Editions 2003. ISBN 9780486426754
  • John Locke, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” (1690), ed. Roger Woolhouse
    • Penguin Classics, rev. ed., 1998. ISBN 9780140434828
  • Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
    • Penguin, rev. ed., 2003. ISBN 9780141439495
  • William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience (1789)
    • Dover Publications, Dover Thrift Editions 1992. ISBN 9780486270517
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719)
    • Penguin Classics, 2003. ISBN 9780141439822
  • William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798)
    • Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems, Penguin Classics, 2007. ISBN 9780140424621
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
    • Penguin Classics, rev. ed., 2002. ISBN 9780141439518

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course.

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