Senior English

Woodcut illustration by Garrick Palmer for the Imprint Society edition of Melville's Benito Cereno (1972)

In this intensive literature course, students will consider the works in conjunction with pertinent critical material, and historical and social backgrounds. Reading assignments are challenging and students' writing should demonstrate thinking beyond the scope of class discussion, present a tightly focused argument, and be not only accurate but also clear and sophisticated in style.  This semester together we will read Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, short works and a documentary written by James Baldwin, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, and The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.