Prerequisites: Open primarily to 12th graders, with other grade levels
enrolling with permission of the Department Chair
Students enrolled in this course will become masters of a particular classic work of literature in the public domain (published before 1923). Examples include Peter Pan, Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and so forth. They will study this work intensely, demonstrating their knowledge through discussion, analysis, and written reflections. Afterward, students will conceive, design, and create a new edition of this book.
Along the way, students will study many examples of iconic as well as esoteric book design and illustration. Postmodern novels and artist’s books will be analyzed closely for both literary and aesthetic merit as students consider the book as an artistic medium. Further study will include contemporary publishing houses such as MinaLima and Visual- Editions. The dynamic, intertextual relationship between visual artists and authors will be highlighted and studied throughout the year through critical essays, biographies, poetry, film, and images. Students will write and illustrate frequently, and in a wide-variety of genres, as they analyze and illuminate the texts they encounter. Class will also include field trips and guest speakers. This course will be limited to one section.Texts/Materials Used May Include:Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
, Jonathan Safran FoerWhat We See When We Read
, Peter MendelsundThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
, Laurence Sterne
Selected short stories