Modern Literature Live Class

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Modern Literature Live 2024-2025


In this live class, read and discuss great books. In weekly Zoom meetings, you will march from the end of Christendom to the modern day, from chivalric romances to the Cold War. Learn how to write and talk about literature and deal with literary criticism. Pair with Dave Raymond’s Modernity to add history credit, or take the course as an introduction to high school literature.

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Modern Literature Live traces literature from the late Middle Ages to the Cold War. Students will read around fourteen books as well as short stories and poems. They will also write essays containing personal opinion and outside criticism.

The class will meet once per week over Zoom, on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 PM Central Standard Time.

The format will be discussion-based with short lectures focused on historical context. Diagnosing particular literary elements through plot, character, and point of view is an essential aspect of this class. Students will leave the class with a well rounded view of literature, a solid foundation in writing, and a love of books. The course can be used alongside Dave Raymond’s Modernity course but is also structured to stand alone.

List of Readings

Bold items need to be purchased separately. Any unabridged editions will do for all except Don Quixote.

  1. Don Quixote (selections), Miguel de Cervantes [Ideally the Ormsby translation.]
  2. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  3. The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
  5. Emma, Jane Austen
  6. Sherlock Holmes (selections), Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman
  8. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  11. “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae & “Memorial for 1940” by John Gould Fletcher
  12. The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom
  13. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  14. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton

Schedule of Class Meetings

Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 PM Central Standard Time

  1. Aug 20
  2. Aug 27
  3. Sep 03
  4. Sep 10
  5. Sep 17
  6. Sep 24
  7. Oct 01
  8. Oct 08 – Fall Break (no class meeting)
  9. Oct 15
  10. Oct 22
  11. Oct 29
  12. Nov 05
  13. Nov 12
  14. Nov 19
  15. Nov 26 Thanksgiving Break
  16. Dec 3
  17. Dec 10
  18. Dec 11-Jan 6 Christmas Break
  19. Jan 07
  20. Jan 14
  21. Jan 21
  22. Jan 28
  23. Feb 04
  24. Feb 11
  25. Feb 18
  26. Feb 25
  27. Mar 04 Spring Break
  28. Mar 11
  29. Mar 18
  30. Mar 25
  31. Apr 01
  32. Apr 08
  33. Apr 15 Easter Break
  34. Apr 22
  35. Apr 29
  36. May 06

Mary Pierson Purifoy has completed a history degree and was homeschooled until college. An avid reader and writer, she hopes to teach students to love books, writing, and history as well as a solid understanding of these subjects. Film is another passion as is exploring history through film and literature.

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1 review for Modern Literature Live 2024-2025

  1. Robin

    We actually dropped a local literature class to take this and it is the best homeschooling lit class we have ever taken so far. None other had given us so many interesting historical backgrounds to make the books come alive. This was the second literature class my daughter has ever taken so we really appreciate the pace, the easy-going nature and the encouragement you are to the students in the discussions and the writing assignments. Thank you again for teaching! We so appreciate your tutelage.

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