Lit 3 covers more, in fact, than just the Renaissance. In it, we read the comic novel Don Quixote (in an abridged translation). We also work our way through the magnificent Christian epic on the fall of man, Milton's Paradise Lost. In order to get familiar with the great Christian thinker and scientist, Blaise Pascal, we read a 20th century collection and commentary by Peter Kreeft called Christianity for Modern Pagans--sure to be one of the most inspiring and brilliant works of apologetics you are likely to encounter. We spend lots of time on the Romantic poets and the Gothic novels Jane Eyre and Frankenstein. Then more poetry by Tennyson and short works by Poe, Emerson and Thoreau. We finish the year with the great American saga, Moby Dick.

For 2016-17, this class meets live on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM-12:00, Eastern Standard Time. All sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students. 

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Syllabus includes: 

  • Don Quixote, Cervantes
  • Paradise Lost, Milton
  • Christianity for Modern Pagans (Commentary on Pascal’s Pensees), Kreeft
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan
  • Gulliver’s Travels, Swift (or Robinson Crusoe, Defoe)
  • Selected poems from Burns, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, and Byron
  • Jane Eyre, Bronte
  • Frankenstein, Shelley
  • Selected poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Selected short stories by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Selections from Emerson & Thoreau
  • Moby Dick, Melville

The specific editions below are recommended for the course. The only translated work is Don Quixote, and it is very important that you acquire the translation by Walter Starkie. Any other translation will cause confusion. I recommend purchasing the books from the links below. If you prefer another way of obtaining the books, be sure to take note of the editions and, more importantly, the particular translations. 

I will provide free versions of some of the poems. 

Disclosure: I receive a small commission when you purchase via the links below.