ELA 12: British Literature—Semester B
Harry Potter and the Shakespearean Play
Put down your E. L. James and pick up some real bestsellers. British literature may have a reputation for being stuffy and long-winded, but we're focusing on the good bits: the raunchy, the romantic, the revolutionary, and the revelatory. Don't let the big names and the big books scare you off. Guys and gals like Dickens, Wilde, Stoker, Woolf, and Shelley may have had a lot to say, but let's be honest: if you're writing world-rocking literature, you're going to need more than 140 characters.
Semester B will beef up your knowledge of the major names and major ideas in British literature—and some of the minor ones, too. We'll think about questions of national identity, domestic life, and individual agency, and we'll think about how Shakespeare might just be a little more modern than you think. And since no course on Brit Lit would be complete without Harry Potter, we'll cap things off with a little J.K. Rowling. By the end of this course, we'll know more about English literature than the queen herself.
Okay, maybe not more than the queen. But probably more than Prince Harry.
Unit 8. Bleak House: The Doorstopper
Our choice for tackling Dickens? Bleak House. By the end of this unit, you'll know London better than you ever thought possible.
Unit 9. Wilde Times
Oscar Wilde's The Important of Being Earnest will introduce us to whole new—much less stuffy—world.
Unit 10. Dracula
In 1897, Bram Stoker took central European folk tales and turned them into one of the most famous horror books of all time. And that book—Dracula—is what this unit it all about.
Unit 11. In Pieces
Welcome to the 20th century, where things are done a little differently. Look no further than Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway and James Joyce's Dubliners (selections, don't worry) to see it in action.
Unit 12. 20th-century Poetry
20th-century poetry is headed your way in this unit, with authors like T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, W.B. Yeats, and other initialed gentlemen.
Unit 13. Harry Potter
That's right: you're reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in school. The end.
Unit 14. Tempest in a Teapot
We'll end our Brit Lit course with Shakespeare's The Tempest. Yeah, we're traveling back in time a bit, but Shakespeare's ideas couldn't be any more contemporary.