Independent Reading – English Literature

Independent Reading – English Literature     

 

  

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, "The Reader"

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE REQUIREMENTS FOR INDEPENDENT READING HAVE CHANGED.    

FOR SEMESTER ONE, PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE (1) WORK FROM THE FIRST THREE UNITS  (OLD ENGLISH/MIDDLE AGES, RENAISSANCE, AND RESTORATION).    

FOR SEMESTER TWO, PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE (1) WORK FROM THE LAST UNITS (RESTORATION, ROMANTICISM, AND VICTORIAN/GOTHIC).  YES, I AM AWARE I PUT THE RESTORATION PERIOD DOWN TWICE.  

ASSESSMENT FOR SEMESTER ONE WILL TAKE PLACE DURING WEEK 1 OF QUARTER 2 , THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1.  

ASSESSMENT FOR SEMESTER TWO WILL TAKE PLACE DURING WEEK 1 OF QUARTER 4, THE WEEK OF MARCH 28.  

Overview       

Independent reading is one of the best methods available to explore texts you personally choose. Each unit in our English Literature course will require some degree of independent reading (although in at least one case, that “reading” may consist of watching a filmed version of a play). You may be asked to do any of the following:                

  • Respond to a significant quotation from the work
  •  State the author’s point and support it with evidence
  •   Discuss how a randomly-chosen scene relates to the larger point of the work
  •   Discuss the relationship between a work and its era.
 Selections containing adult content have been indicated. Please feel free to choose another option if you or your family objects to adult content. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS. Provided that you get my official “Yeah, sure” before you begin, alternative selections are fine.              

  Old English/Middle Ages   

  •  Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney
  • The Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo
  • The Odyssey, trans. Stanley Lombardo   
  •  Dante’s Inferno, trans. Marcus Sanders and Sandow Birk (NOTE: This modernized translation of The Inferno contains adult content)
  •  A different (your choice) translation of The Inferno.  I like the Elio Zappulla translation, myself. 

The Renaissance and Shakespeare          

Please see any of the following Shakespeare plays in their film versions. Though there are many exemplary versions of these plays, I have linked those I found most accessible and interesting. They are listed by the lead actor or director.             

Restoration and 18th Century       

 Romanticism & Gothic     

Victorian and Gothic        

Helpful Resources for Romanticism and Gothic Independent Reading           

NOTE: These resources are OPTIONAL.  Optional resource are just that: options.  They are not required.  They are, however, intended to be helpful.  

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