12-1 Literary Texts—European Literature: Middle Ages

Epic Poems

Stories

Literary Nonfiction

Plays

Poems

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Informational Texts

Historical Nonfiction

Art, Music, and Media
Prompt: Can we see as man, both the earthly and divine, begins to take on human characteristics as the Middle Ages wane?

Art

12-2 Literary Texts—European Literature: Renaissance and Reformation

Novel

Stories

  • The Decameron (Giovanni Boccaccio) (continued from unit one) (L 1500)

Plays

Poems

Informational Texts

Historical Nonfiction

  • Rabelais and His World (Mikhail Bakhtin)

Essays

Historical Nonfiction

  • The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli) (selections) (L 1510)

Art, Music, and Media
Prompt: How is man’s humanity depicted in Renaissance art?

Art

12-3 Literary Texts—European Literature: Seventeenth Century
Note: Because of the number and length of works included in this unit, teachers may want to organize it around two major works, one fiction (or dramatic, or poetic) and one nonfiction, with other works supplementing these selections. As a minimum, students should read one full literary work, a substantial excerpt from a philosophical or scientific work, and several shorter works of fiction and poetry.

Novels

Plays

Poems

Informational Texts

Historical Nonfiction

Art, Music, and Media

Media

  • Hamlet (1964)
  • Hamlet (1948)
  • Man of La Mancha (1972)
  • Dale Wasserman, Man of La Mancha, the musical

12-4 Literary Texts—European Literature: Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century
For this shorter unit, teachers may want to choose one novel, several short stories, or a play, and poetry.

Novels

Stories

Poetry

Informational Texts

Art, Music, and Media
Prompt: How did artists of this period frame the relationship between man and nature?

Art

12-5 Literary Texts—European Literature: Nineteenth Century
This is a longer unit. Teachers may want to select one novel, one play; one long poem; and several short poems. Alternately, the teacher might choose to include two plays instead of a novel, or two long poems instead of a play. The selections of the unit should show a range of literary imagination and contrasting attitudes toward the role of literature in society.

Novels

Children’s Literature

Drama

Poetry

Informational Texts

12-6 Literary Texts—European Literature: Twentieth Century
Teachers may make the literary selections in a number of ways. They may select works across the genres, or they may focus primarily on a particular genre. The selections should address the ideas of anxiety and beauty in some manner and should offer contrasting responses to the tension and crises of the twentieth century.

Novels

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy) (L 1090)
  • Pan: From Lieutenant Thomas Glahn’s Papers (Knut Hamsun) (L 760)
  • Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse) (L 918)
  • Briefing for a Descent into Hell (Doris Lessing)
  • 1984 (George Orwell) (L 1090)
  • Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) (L 870)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) (L 830)

Novellas

Plays

Poems

Informational Texts

Historical Nonfiction

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)
  • Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)
  • The Courage to Be (Paul Tillich) (selections)
  • The Ego and the Id (Sigmund Freud) (selections)

Speeches

Essays

Art, Music, and Media

Music