British Literature II : Journeys in the British Empire
In this course you will experience three modern novels set during the height of the British Empire. Each of these novels demonstrates the epic journey of the artist and the expatriate. These heroes' adventures take them away from their communities and cultural inheritances as they move into the unknown. As artists and as boarders, Interlochen students have moved into an unfamiliar world where connections to their old worlds have altered. Reading with this awareness allows them to identify with the patterns emerging in each story of a journey through the British Empire and through each hero's imagination.
Forster, A Passage to India
Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Contemporary American Literature
This course is designed to familiarize students with the major themes of post-World War II American authors. The literature focuses on the experiences of representative figures in their quest for self-actualization and their rightful place in contemporary society.
Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
Ellison, Invisible Man
Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Miller, Death of a Salesman
Myths provide richly developed patterns of stories and ideas that connect us to what human beings have always thought, wondered, and dreamed about. Understanding myths enables us to respond to a vast storehouse of symbols, images, and stories that human beings have used since the first story was acted out. While the course is primarily concerned with Greco-Roman mythology in literature, students also read myths from other cultures and traditions. In addition to the main literary focus, the class explores connections between mythology and the various arts offerings at Interlochen.
Campbell, Myths to Live By
Mann, Tonio Kroger
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
O'Conner, Woe is I
Additional readings provided by instructor
In an increasingly global culture, the need for awareness and appreciation of historical antecedents would seem to go without saying; unpacking the Western imperial impulse is foundational to an understanding of the relationship between the first and third worlds. In reading and discussing the works selected, students are acquainted with many issues that exist outside the mainstream of their comfortable north American lives: the devastating and continuing effects of colonialism, the marginalization of the "other"' and the privileges of the elect.
Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Hodge, Crick, Crack, Monkey
Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
Mishima, The Sound Waves
Modern European Literature
This course has been designed to introduce students to European Literature in the Modern Period, which necessarily involves on ongoing discussion of both the Modern Era and Modernism in all the arts. The required texts represent several giants of this subject area, Modernist writers whose work and influence can hardly be overstated. Emphasis is placed on the historical context in order to understand what forces were driving this transformative era in popular culture and the arts.
Mann, Death in Venice and Other Stories
Sartre, No Exit and Three Other Plays
Woolf, To the Lighthouse
The Short Story
This course examines short fiction as a vehicle for the expression of the variety and commonality of the human experience and ideas. Reading and discussion of classic and contemporary stories provide the opportunity to review the elements of fiction and become acquainted with a diverse body of authors.
Goia and Gwynn, The Art of the Short Story
Guest Editor, Best American Short Stories (most current edition)
20th Century American Literature: Tales of the Jazz Age, 1918-1940
The "Roaring Twenties," one of the most vibrant decades in American literature, gave rise to both the Harlem Renaissance and what F. Scott Fitzgerald called "the Jazz Age." This course focuses on major writers whose work defined the core aspects of American Modernism: symbolic imagery; uses of taboo subjects; the fragmentation of human experience; the alienation of the individual; the rise of women's roles in society, politics and art; and new psychological insights. In addition, students listen to Jazz music of the era and study its impact on literature.
Book List and Materials:
The Norton Anthology of American Literature (7th ed.), Vol. D
Faulkner, Light in August
Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
O'Conner, Woe is I
All great works of imaginative literature, while not imparting truth in the ordinary sense, nevertheless contribute to a realistic understanding of the nature of human motivation. The course emphasizes significant works by authors for whom a primary focus is the exhaustive psychological development of character. Although students examine some material on Freudian and Jungian psychology and other personality theory, the predominant concern of the course remains literary analysis.
Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde