What is Literature?
This class explains what literature is. Students learn about different kinds of stories and discuss about what makes novels special. We look at why novels are different from other stories. Next, we learn how history and culture change stories. We see how the world around us affects what we read. Lastly, we find out why novels are important. We learn how novels can change people and the world.
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
In this class, we will look at Don Quixote. We will learn about its time period in Spain and how it changed storytelling. This book is important because it mixes reality and imagination in new ways, influencing many stories that came after it.
The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
This class is about The Pilgrim's Progress. We will study how the book uses a story to talk about religious ideas in England during the 1600s. It is special because it shows a spiritual journey in a creative way and has influenced many people.
[ON-DEMAND CLASS] Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
In Gulliver's Travels, we will explore how the book makes fun of society and politics through fantasy stories. It's an important book because it uses strange and imaginative journeys to talk about real-world problems and ideas.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice will be our focus in this class. We will discuss how it shows the life and challenges of women and families in England around the late 18th and 19th century. This book is famous for its characters and how it talks about love and society.
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
This class will cover Oliver Twist. We will learn about the poor and the struggles of people in England during the 19th century. The book is known for its realistic portrayal of difficult lives and its criticism of social problems.
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
In this class, we will study Jane Eyre. We will see how it tells the story of a woman's life and challenges in England during the mid-19th century. This book is important for its strong female character and its discussion of personal freedom and society.
[ON-DEMAND CLASS] The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
We will explore The Scarlet Letter in this class. It talks about sin, punishment, and forgiveness in a strict religious society in old America. The book is well-known for its deep messages and its look at how society treats people who break the rules.
Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
In this class about Moby-Dick, we will learn about the adventures of a sea voyage and the hunt for a giant whale. The book is famous for its exciting story and its deeper meanings about nature, humans, and life.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncle Tom's Cabin will be our subject in this class. We will discuss how it shows the harsh reality of slavery in America and its effects on society. This book is important for its role in fighting against slavery and for showing the importance of freedom and justice.
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
In this class, we will look at Madame Bovary. We will see how it talks about a woman's life and her dreams in France during the 19th century. The book is known for its realistic style and its discussion of personal desires and society's expectations.
[ON-DEMAND CLASS] Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment will be our focus in this class. We will explore its story about guilt, punishment, and seeking forgiveness. This book is special for its deep look into the mind and heart of its main character and its big questions about right and wrong.
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
In this class, we will study Anna Karenina. It tells the story of love, life, and society in Russia during the 19th century. The book is famous for its complex characters and its exploration of personal happiness and social rules.
The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
We will explore The Return of the Native in this class. It talks about life in the countryside of England and the choices people make. The book is known for its beautiful descriptions of nature and its deep look at love, fate, and personal freedom.
[ON-DEMAND CLASS] The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
This class will cover The Portrait of a Lady. We will discuss the life of a young woman and her experiences in Europe and America during the 19th century. The book is important for its discussion of personal choices, love, and the expectations of society.