Literature 12 - Kolbe Academy

Literature 12

Modern Era Literature

This is a challenging course that pairs well 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 focuses on both man’s inhumanity to man and man’s continual call to grace and redemption.  By carefully examining recurrent themes and viewing these books through a Catholic lens, students will apply a critical eye to our modern society that seems to make little room for the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith.

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.

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 2 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 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • The Man Who was Thursday
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • 1984
  • The Waste Land, Prufrock and other Poems
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number



Dr. Hasler

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12th (12th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.



Class Period


Regular Class Time

10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET


$759 or see Full-Time Online Tuition Option

Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Morality & Church History III

US & Modern History

Creative Writing


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.