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Student Expectations:

  • Attend a one-hour, weekly, live course session

  • Complete each week’s assigned reading

  • Take a short, online comprehension quiz

  • Answer a weekly, online discussion question

  • Submit two literary analysis papers and one creative project

Lit 3: The Renaissance

Lit 3 covers more, in fact, than just the Renaissance. In it, we read the comedic novel Don Quixote (in an abridged translation). We also work our way through the magnificent Christian epic on the fall of man, Milton's Paradise Lost. In order to get familiar with the great Christian thinker and scientist, Blaise Pascal, we read a 20th century collection and commentary by Peter Kreeft called Christianity for Modern Pagans--sure to be one of the most inspiring and brilliant works of apologetics you are likely to encounter. We spend time on the Romantic poets, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and the Gothic novel Frankenstein. Then more poetry by Tennyson and short works by Poe, Emerson and Thoreau. We finish the year with the great American saga, Moby Dick.

For 2018-19, this class meets live on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 PM, Eastern Time. All sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students. 

Syllabus includes: 

  • Don Quixote, Cervantes

  • Paradise Lost, John Milton

  • Christianity for Modern Pagans (Commentary on Pascal’s Pensees), Kreeft

  • Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

  • Selected poems from the Romantic poets Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, and Byron

  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

  • Selected poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  • Selected short stories by Edgar Allen Poe

  • Selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau

  • Moby Dick, Melville