Course Texts

These are (some of) the works we'll be studying together.

(PLEASE NOTE: Find works you can study individually on the AP Reading List page. Find previous literature analyses on the 2011-2012 course mind map (courtesy of Trevor Hudgins, RHS '12). As this year's members contribute you will be able to see their work via the Member Blogs page.  If anyone curates literature analyses for easier reference, please let me know and I will link from here.)

Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Bede's History of the English Church & People
Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
de Boer's "Performative Utterance in Hamlet"
Dickens' Great Expectations
Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
Hitchens's "Dickens's Inner Child"
Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible
Montaigne's Essays
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
Preston's "On Interdependence"
Sartre's No Exit
Shakespeare's Hamlet
Rheingold's "The Art of Hosting Good Conversations Online"
Whyte's "The Right to Your Opinion"


  1. First of all, the Venerable Bede was an amazing man in all aspects of scholarship, he wrote well, and his tidal predictions for the cost of England are still used today. Second, we studies Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" (sorry, no italics in comments) in sophomore level honors english, so many of us have a basic understanding of it. I think that this video will help understand it, as it is difficult to understand at first: . The other great thing about this video is that one of the suggested videos is that one of the suggested videos is Camel's Mystic Queen off their first album!

  2. I really enjoy the allegory, because it talks of learning, but also explains the common proclivity of ignorance, which is one of the human traits that I find most repulsive, so Plato's disgust in it makes me connect with the man, who has been dead for thousands of years.