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Literature Curriculum

Ancient Greek Literature

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • The Iliad of Homer
  • The Iliad, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Odyssey of Homer
  • The Odyssey, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Oresteian Trilogy
  • The Oresteian Trilogy, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Theban Tragedies
  • The Theban Plays, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Classical Literary Criticism
  • Poetics, Study Guide, Contained in Classical Literary Criticism, (2 book set)
  • Classics Conference:The Greeks, (or complete set)*
  • Greek Literature Weekly Quiz Book and Study Guide, (2 book set)

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*Required for Honors

Course Description:

This course is a companion to the Greek history course. It introduces the student to the foundational works of Greek literature and Western culture, as well as to the study of genres and literary forms. The texts of antiquity are studied for their universal appeal to the human experience, as well as for their influence upon the great thinkers and development of the West. The Greek epics, plays, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day.

Students will identify and examine the inter-relationship between the four primary genres of all imitative forms of literature: the epic, the lyric, the tragedy, and the comedy; identify and use literary devices and figures of speech such as: similes, metaphors, allegories, fables, parables; imitate these genres and literary devices in his writing, in order to understand more deeply the nature and power of these forms; become familiar with the greatest examples of Greek literature, and their impact upon Western literature and modes of thought throughout subsequent history; compare and contrast Greek ideals of heroism and virtue with the Christian understanding of these ideals, and identify what ways Greek thought served as preparation for the Gospel.

Ancient Roman Literature

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • The Aeneid
  • The Aeneid, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Meditations
  • Meditations, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Fall of the Roman Republic**
  • Makers of Rome**
  • Plutarch's Roman Lives, Study Guide, (2 book set)**
  • The Roman Reader
  • The Roman Reader, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Coriolanus
  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • 10th Grade Shakespeare Plays, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine
  • St Augustine, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Classics Conference:The Romans

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*Required for Honors

** Used in both 10th Grade Literature & History

Course Description:

This course is a companion to the Roman history course, introducing the student to the important works of Roman literature, as well as to the use of figures of Roman history and literature by great writers of later times. The texts of antiquity are studied for their universal appeal to the human experience, as well as for their influence upon the great thinkers and development of the West. The Roman epics, plays, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day. Shakespeare is also studied in this course for his inimitable analysis of the great personalities of Rome.

Students will become familiar with the main examples of Roman literature and their use by later writers, notably Shakespeare; identify and examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (the Iliad and the Odyssey), and the Roman epic (the Aeneid); identify the Roman virtue of pietas and its subsequent transformation in Christianity; further the study and imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, and rhetoric. Biography (Plutarch) and autobiography (St. Augustine) will also be considered; learn to interpret and distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the eschatological; and trace the effect of the Greek world on the development of Latin literature, as well as the Greek influence in the works of St. Augustine.

Literature of Christendom

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • Beowulf
  • Beowulf, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Song of Roland
  • Song of Roland, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Divine Comedy: Hell
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatory
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradise
  • The Divine Comedies, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Canterbury Tales, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Richard III
  • Macbeth
  • Hamlet
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The Tempest
  • Shakespeare Medieval, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained
  • Paradise Lost, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Dream of the Rood Poem and Study Guide
  • Keep the Faith Lectures, (Book & Flashdrive)

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Additional audio supplements available (OPTIONAL):

Audio series by Henry Russell

(1) The Catholic Shakespeare Audio CD's

  • Macbeth
  • The Tempest
  • Hamlet-Tape
  • Midsummer Night's Dream

(2) The Divine Comedies CD

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Course Description:

This course is a companion to the History of Christendom, introducing the student to the important works of the period, as well as to the literary styles and conventions developed in this period both those that it borrowed from previous times and those it expanded on or created. Students will become familiar with the main examples of Medieval literature; identify and examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (the Iliad and the Odyssey), the Roman epic (the Aeneid) and the Catholic epic (The Divine Comedy); identify the Christian virtue of chivalry and its role in Medieval society; identify the Christian virtue of courtesy and its role in Medieval society; identify the Christian metaphor of the spiritual quest to attain salvation; further the study and imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, and rhetoric; learn to interpret and distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the eschatological; and trace the effect of the Christian world on the development of Medieval literature.

Modern Era Literature

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Crime and Punishement, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Brideshead Revisited, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Man Who was Thursday
  • The Man Who was Thursday, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • 1984
  • 1984, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Poems
  • The Waste Land, Prufrock & Other Poems, Study Guide,(2 book set)
  • Lectures on Dostoyevsky, Keep the Faith Lecture Series, Flashdrive

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Course Description:

This is a challenging course intended to be taken in conjunction with the 12th grade Modern and US History course. The course is largely based on reflective reading and writing essays based on text analysis. The novels have been chosen for their timelessness and their accurate, stunning portrayal of important historical events and the ideas that have helped shape the Modern world.

This course in Modern Literature will show how modern times have reaffirmed man's capacity for terror. Dickens presents "Madame Guillotine" as the patroness of a new nation. In Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov, a brilliant young man, caters to a philosophy that is utterly evil and self-destructive. Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited chronicles the struggle of the individual seeking goodness and truth in a world that is increasingly indifferent to man's spiritual needs. Robert Louis Stevenson shows how the degenerative possibilities of scientific discoveries can affect the nature of man and subconsciously devolve him into a Mr. Hyde. In 1984, the path of atheistic politics strikes the beauty and integrity of man and dwarf him from a creature made to love and serve God to a cog in the machine of a finite and pathetic state deity. Although modernity, in the words of T.S. Eliot, is a Waste Land "where the sun beats and the dead tree gives no shelter," the Church is the refuge for Heaven-directed pilgrims, and it is a large rock in the desert inviting all to "come under the shadow of this red rock."

Students will become familiar with some of the major authors and most influential novels from the Modern Era; identify the historical events that took place during the life of the Modern writers and how these events have impacted their writing; have a greater understanding of the evolution of literary style and technique in the Modern Era; learn to interpret and analyze an author's means of conveying ideas; and appreciate the impact of philosophy upon literature, and the subsequent impact of literature upon culture.

British Literature

Course Texts:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Romeo and Juliet, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Merchant of Venice, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • King Lear
  • King Lear, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Robinson Crusoe, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Gulliver's Travels, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Pride and Prejudice, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Oliver Twist
  • Oliver Twist, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Wuthering Heights, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Great Expectations
  • Great Expectations, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Picture of Dorian Gray, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Out of the Silent Planet
  • Out of the Silent Planet, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • Screwtape Letters, Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • Animal Farm
  • Animal Farm, Study Guide, (2 book set)

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Course Description:

Kolbe Academy's British Literature course introduces students to works that have enlarged our aesthetic and moral understanding of the world. The novels and plays in the course are classics because they both delight and instruct as they comment on the human condition. Students reading these works will learn to examine them based on genre and structure. In addition, students will be able to examine in depth the themes of these works, often with the help of critical essays provided in the books themselves.

Ancient Western Literature

Course Texts:

  • The Iliad
  • The Iliad, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Oresteian Trilogy
  • The Oresteian Trilogy, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Theban Plays
  • The Theban Plays, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Aeneid
  • The Aeneid, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Meditations
  • Meditations, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Confessions
  • The Confessions, Study Guide (2 book set)

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Course Description:

This course introduces the student to the foundational works of Greek and Roman literature, as well as a study of genres and literary forms. The texts of antiquity are studied for their universal appeal to the human experience and for their influence upon the great thinkers and development of the West. Greek and Roman poetry, drama, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day.

Students will identify and examine the inter-relationship between the four primary genres of all imitative forms of literature: the epic, the lyric, the tragedy, and the comedy; identify and use literary devices and figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, allegories, fables, parables; imitate these genres and literary devices in their writing in order to understand more deeply the nature and power of these forms; become familiar with the greatest examples of Greek and Roman literature and their impact upon Western literature and modes of thought throughout history; compare and contrast Greek and Roman ideals of heroism and virtue with the Christian understanding of these ideals, and identify the ways in which Greek and Roman thought served as preparation for the Gospel.

Students will examine the kinship between two of the great epics of Greece and Rome, The Iliad and The Aeneid; identify the Roman virtue of pietas and its subsequent transformation in Christianity; learn to interpret and distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the eschatological; and trace the influence of Greek thought on pagan Latin literature and on the works of St. Augustine.