Category Archives: Excellence in Literature: The Curriculum

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

COMMON SENSE addressed to the INHABITANTS of AMERICA, On the following interesting SUBJECTS —Of the Origin and Design of Government in general, with concise Remarks on the English Constitution. —Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession —Thoughts on the present State of … Continue reading

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Understanding Emma’s World by Pamela Whalan

Understanding Emma’s World by Pamela Whalan Difficulties for modern readers Timeless Human Nature Good Breeding: A Marriage Consideration Wealth through Marriage: Dowries Work for Single Women Marriage as a Business Deal Men Earning Money: Law, Army, & Church Privileges of … Continue reading

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Emma: A Play by Pamela Whalan

Emma: A Play by Pamela Whalan Sometimes, acting out a section of the novel can help you understand the text. We’re delighted that Pamela Whalan has given us a sneak peek at Emma: A Play before its official publication, so … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice: A Play by Pamela Whalan

Pride and Prejudice: A Play by Pamela Whalan Enjoy an excerpt from Pride and Prejudice: A Play, by Pamela Whalan, who has adaptated Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice for the stage. Sometimes acting out a section of the novel can … Continue reading

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Social Background of Pride and Prejudice by Pamela Whalan

The Social Background of Pride and Prejudice by Pamela Whalan Matrimony and Finances: Women’s Options, Marriage Settlements, and Family Obligations Cost of Living: Travel and Clothing Earning Money: Property, Military, Law, and Church Work and Leisure Time: Business, Parliament, The … Continue reading

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Of Education by John Milton

Of Education by John Milton Of Education was published anonymously as a tract in 1644. It represents John Milton’s views “concerning the best and noblest way of education.” Milton believed that education was to “fit a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all … Continue reading

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Hermitage Video Tour

Gary Bembridge offers a short video tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Other World Literature (E5) videos

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Jane Austen Biography

A Brief Biography of Jane Austen David Cody, Associate Professor of English, Hartwick College Jane Austen was born December 16, 1775, to Rev. George Austen and the former Cassandra Leigh in Steventon, Hampshire, the seventh of eight children. Like the … Continue reading

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Robert Frost Resources

Robert Frost Resources Robert Lee Frost (1874 – 1963) was a highly-regarded American poet known for realistic depictions of New England rural life as well as his use of American colloquial speech. His work used homespun themes to explore complex philosophical ideas. Frost … Continue reading

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Modernism, Faith, and Intellectuals

In a modernist culture hostile to Christianity, how did T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and many more join the faith—and how did other intellectuals like Virginia Woolf react? Learn more about the interaction of Modernist attitudes, … Continue reading

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