AP English is the study of World Literature and Drama which prepares students to sit for the AP English Literature exam in May. This course is organized around various critical theories and artistic movements, including Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial Theory, Surrealism, and Modernism. We will begin with the tragedies of Sophocles and Shakespeare and explore their representations of the tragic hero motif which will run through the course. Additional dramatic selections may include the comedy or Oscar Wilde and the existentialist works of Beckett and Sartre. We will read works by Ibsen, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Kafka, Woolf, Austen, and Morrison, with attention to literary theme and style, as well as the effects of sentence-level language choices. In conjunction with the primary texts, we will read various forms of poetry, including sonnets, narrative poetry, and free verse. This course operates as a college-level seminar and requires intensive reading and critical writing.