• AP English Literature Reading List
     
    "All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril." ~ Oscar Wilde
     
    Summer 2019:
     
    The students are able to choose one book from the following list: 
     
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel  2001
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy  2006
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer  2005
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood  1985
     
     
    Each of these books is wonderful.  Incoming AP English Literature students are welcome to read all of them ;-). It will benefit readers greatly to make notes in the book while they read.  Students will be ready to discuss the novels, take close reading quizzes, write analytical essays, and make connections to other texts.  
     
    Click here for the Summer Reading Instruction Sheet
     
    Click link for all the important assignment details due at the end of the third week of school.
     
    *Do not go out and buy all of these plays and novels. Some of the plays are in our AP Literature book and others, I provide a class set.  We read ALL plays in class so don't be scurred.  I'll let you know what we are reading and when we are reading the texts. :-)
     
    Fall Semester:
     
    How to Read Literature Like a Professor (2nd Edition/Revised Edition) by Thomas C. Foster (Purchase this book before the first week of school)
    Oedipus, The King by Sophocles 
    Medea by Euripedes (extra credit) 
    A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen 
    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare 
     
     
    Book Project Options:
    There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Beloved by Toni Morrison 
     
    Spring Semester:
     
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard 
    Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (extra credit)
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
     (Other romantic, revenge, and ill-fated love novels are options as part of a Wuthering Heights assessment. For example: Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, A Farewell to Arms, Phantom of the Opera, Emma, Jane Eyre, and other options.) 
    The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (extra credit)
     
     
    Additional novels, short fiction, poetry, and essays focusing on American and British authors based on thematic units (including but not limited to Nadine Gordimer, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman).
     
    Class Set of Supplemental Text:
     
    Arp. Thomas R., ed. Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. 7th ed. Ft. Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1998.