British Literature and the Supernatural (CP) Popular culture is inundated with references to the supernatural, from the vampires of Twilight to the ever-present tales of the walking dead. But where did our obsession with all things terrifying and suspenseful originate? This course seeks to answer this question by investigating the influence of classic and modern British texts on our culture. The core works include Beowulf, Shakespeare, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and a variety of short stories, such as Arthurian Legend and Sherlock Holmes. The course will emphasize writing about literature in various forms such as short essays, reader responses, and critical analyses. Vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills will also be included. British Literature (H) British Literature begins with the Anglo Saxon period and continues through the 20th century in this survey course. The major emphasis of this course will be on the reading, understanding and appreciation of poetry, drama and the novel from the various time periods. The core works include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, a Shakespearean tragedy, Jonathan Swift’s satire, Romantic poetry/fiction, a Victorian novel (such as Dickens’ Great Expectations), The Importance of Being Earnest, and 20th century writers such as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. The course will emphasize writing about literature in various forms such as short essays, reader responses, scholarly and critical analysis including research. Vocabulary, grammar and some SAT preparation will be included. Self-directed students working at the honors level must demonstrate excellent reading, writing, and thinking skills; a willingness to work at an accelerated pace; interest in the subject matter; and independent initiative.