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Drugs in Literature

Just say yes...to literature.

Just say no.

We've heard it a thousand times. But around the world, there's plenty of disagreement over which drugs are good and which are...prison-worthy. In some countries, cocaine is legal; in others, caffeine is illegal. And over the past two hundred years, writers and lawmakers have continued to argue about it until the crack comes home.

Whether you come into this course with a strong opinion about drugs or a completely open mind, just remember: there are folks who have spent their entire lives trying to figure it out. And in this course, we'll hear what they have to say.

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Unit 1. Xanadu? More Like Xanax, Dude

In this unit, we'll read Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1816 poem, "Kubla Khan," Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," and Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market." Yep, this is your one-way ticket to Drugsville.

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Unit 2. Chasing the Dragon

Welcome to the insanely addictive world of detective fiction, where you'll froth at the mouth at the thought of turning the next page. And guess what it's chock full of? Yep: drugs. This unit will cover Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone and Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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Unit 3. Good Ol' 20th-Century Drunks

Unit 3 is all about booze. We'll start you off with a not-so-healthy dose of James Joyce (selections from Dubliners), and then move on to Tennessee Williams's play, A Streetcar Named Desire and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.

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Unit 4. Sex, Drugs, and Jazz

Hello, Beats. This unit will cover James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsburg: everything from outright celebrations of drug use to, well, the exact opposite.

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Unit 5. Horatio Mindblower

Get ready for some crazy hallucinations. This unit will cover Aldous Huxley's futuristic novel Brave New World and William Gibson's Neuromancer. You're going to encounter explosive descriptions of what it's actually like to be high. Yowza.


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  • Course Length: 18 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 11, 12, College
  • Course Type: Elective
  • Category:
    • English
    • Literature

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