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Literature 11

Literature of Christendom

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.

Course Description

Students will become familiar with the main examples of literature of the Middle Ages; 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 the literature of the Middle Ages.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit will have four papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

Course Texts
  • Beowulf, anonymous, translated by David Wright
  • Song of Roland, anonymous, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, anonymous, translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Divine Comedy: Hell, Dante Alighieri, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatory, Dante Alighieri, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradise, Dante Alighieri, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer, Geoffrey. translated by Nevill Coghill
  • Richard III, William Shakespeare, edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine
  • Macbeth, William Shakespeare, edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine
  • The Tempest, William Shakespeare, edited by Peter Holland
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare, edited by A.R. Braunmuller
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare, edited by Russ McDonald
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained, John Milton, edited by Christopher Ricks

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Optional physical copies available for purchase for the following under the Literature 11 "Optional Material" section in the Kolbe Bookstore (digital copies are provided with the self-paced course):

  • The Dream of the Rood Poem & Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Beowulf Study Guide Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Song of Roland Study Guide Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Study Guide Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Divine Comedies Study Guide Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Canterbury Tales Study Guide Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Medieval Shakespeare Study Guide Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Paradise LostStudy Guide Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 

11LiteratureSample.pdf

Course Details:

NOTE:  This self-paced course will be available in its new format by August 22, 2017.  It is still available in it's original format.  If you are interested in the original version, please call Kolbe at 707-255-6499 to inquire.  

Should you purchase the original and want to update to the new course, you can do so by paying the remaining difference in price for the new version.

Section Number

SPL-11LIT

Grades (Typical)

 9 - 12 (11th)

Video Presenter

Mrs. Hambleton

Tuition

 $499

Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance
(Optional)

$200

Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation

K

Self-Paced Companion Courses

History of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II

Online Companion Courses

History of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II
Advanced Composition with Vocabulary 

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Honors
(H) level for an additional $69.

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