Literature 11 - Kolbe Academy

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.

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.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will have four major assignments each semester.  Two of those four assignments will be paper topic essays, and the other two may also be essays, but could instead include other types of creative projects, oral presentations, or other appropriate assignments pertinent to the course.  Additionally, core students should also expect to have daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor. All assignments are given and graded by the instructor.

The following will be read throughout the year:

  • Beowulf
  • The Song of Roland
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Divine Comedy: Hell
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatory
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradise
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Richard III
  • Macbeth
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Tempest
  • Hamlet
  • Consolation of Philosophy
  • The Dream of the Rood Poem & Study Guide
  • Literature of Christendom Reader – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition


Other select readings provided by the teacher include:

  • Revelations of Divine Love
  • Everyman
  • Piers Plowman
  • Don Quixote
  • Tales from Chretien de Troyes

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number





Dr. Hasler

Mrs. Hambleton

Dr. Hasler

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.





Class Period





9:00-10:20 AM PT
12:00-1:20 PM ET

12:00-1:20 PM PT
3:00-4:20 PM ET

6:00-7:20 AM PT
9:00-10:20 AM ET


$759 or see Full-Time Online Tuition Option

Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Era of Christendom

Apologetics & Church History II

Classical Rhetoric


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.