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
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. :-)
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
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.