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9th-Grade English

This sequence introduces students to the reading practices, discussion principles and writing strategies they will use and on which they will build throughout their four years of English study at Exeter.

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In this sequence of courses, readings introduce broader and more complex personal and social issues. The writing assignments - ranging from personal narratives and personal essays to letters,...

In this sequence of courses, written assignments tend to shift from personal narratives and essays to various forms of analysis in which the exploration and articulation of ideas increasingly...

In the final course in the required English sequence, writing assignments continue to focus on various forms of essay writing, culminating in a sustained exploration of a topic or theme--the...

In this sequence of courses, the English Department introduces 9th-graders to the reading practices, discussion principles and writing strategies they will use and on which they will build...

Seniors participating in the spring term Washington Intern Program may elect to enroll in this English seminar which focuses on political literature and American culture.

From the grittiness of rap to the density of civil disobedience, this course examines a variety of literary-artistic protests. The approach is multicultural and interdisciplinary. Possibilities...

The senior reading seminars immerse students in the sustained study of an author, which students will choose from a list representing a range of diverse voices, periods and genres. Some seminars...

A. Bartlett Giamatti, former president of Yale and commissioner of Major League Baseball, believed that this game is "the plot of the story of our national life." In this course we will look at...

Hip-hop music's influence on popular culture, literature, entertainment and politics is undeniable. This course will examine the relationship between hip-hop and storytelling. Course texts will...

Hallyu, the Korean cultural wave, has swept the Republic of Korea onto the world stage as an exporter of dramas, boy bands, girl bands and film. After the Korean War, Korea was among the world's...

How did you come to be the reader you are? What ideas about the world and its characters did you gain from the stories you read as a child? Why did you read and reread some books? How did...

Cormac McCarthy once wrote, "If it doesn't concern life and death, it's not interesting." Not surprisingly, his novels abandon the domestic in favor of the epic. They explore the inevitability of...

"The essay isn't a retreat from the world but a way of encountering it," writes Leslie Jamison in Best American Essays 2017. Throughout the term, we will explore the art of telling stories - ours...

"Multi-genre" is more than just a catch-all for all genres. As Tom Romano suggests in his multi-genre instruction book Fearless Writing, a multi-genre project comprises a carefully choreographed...

"Poetry," wrote Robert Frost, "is a way of taking life by the throat." From its origins in oral tradition and tribal lore, as well as its role in incantatory spiritual practice, poetry has carried...

This writing-intensive course invites students to explore fiction as both readers and writers. The short stories and novels read in class will serve as models for students to create their own...

This course introduces students to early works in the development of the "detective story" (Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and the ways in which those early works help...

Both William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf allow readers to - as one critic has noted - "become a partner with the author in the creative endeavor - not only interpreting the story for [themselves]...

This course will explore the characteristics of dramatic form and analyze the ways in which the purpose and the presentation of the genre has evolved over time. Our texts will include works by...

What do we value? The pursuit of profit, surges in wealth and the suspect principles of the financier have intrigued authors since the 19th century. How do language, narrative style, structure and...

In this course we will explore the burgeoning literary phenomenon often called the “graphic novel.” What happens to narrative when it unfolds in a hybrid form that joins image to text? What can...

Sylvia Plath (author of The Bell Jar) gained acclaim for the striking collection of poems, Ariel, which she left completed on her desk before her suicide in 1963. What many do not know, however,...

In this interdisciplinary class, taught jointly by members of the Classical Languages Department and the English Department, we will read Homer's Odyssey in translation and then trace its...

If ever there was a time to celebrate Baldwin, it is now. "Only an artist can tell what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it," he said. This course will explore Baldwin's...

In this course, we will study Austen's novels with a focus on her use of language to show the universal tension between raw desire - for money, power and love - and the restrictions placed on that...

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz is one of the more controversial figures in contemporary fiction. He is internationally renowned and is the Caribbean diaspora's premier fiction writer....

Topically, the fiction of Japanese-born British Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro is elusive, whether he is evoking the complexity and trauma of post-war Japan, improvising with Arthurian legend or...