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.
- Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or another word processing program
- A scanner (or access to one)
- A camera (a camera phone is sufficient)
- All other work can be done via the Shmoop website.
- An understanding of basic literary concepts like characterization, theme, and symbolism
- Experience writing literary essays
Course BreakdownPurchase units individually
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.
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.
- Course Length: 18 weeks
- Grade Levels: 11, 12, College
- Course Type: Elective
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Common Core Standards
The following standards are covered in this course:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4