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English and World Literature

The Upper School English and World Literature curriculum is designed to help students advance their interpretive thinking, analytical reading and writing skills through the study of a variety of texts. These works reflect our evolving definitions of literature, gender, cultural context and writing practice. Major genres, including the novel, short story, poetry, drama and 
film, are studied in yearlong courses and more exclusively and intensively in semester electives. Students’ work takes a variety of forms, including formal, informal and creative writing, teaching presentations, class drama and film productions and projects.

Upper School English Sequence
Grade 9 Fate and Folly
Grade 10 
American Literature 
Grades 11-12 Electives, including one required in world study


  • Photo of Sara Beasley
    Sara Beasley
    Head of the English and World Literature Department and English and World Literature Teacher
    Davidson College - A.B.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.A.
  • Photo of Julie Abbruscato
    Julie Abbruscato
    English and World Literature Teacher
    Barnard College - B.A.
    Warren Wilson College - M.F.A.
  • Photo of Bodie Brizendine
    Bodie Brizendine
    Head of School and English and World Literature Teacher
    Towson State University - B.S.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.L.A.
  • Photo of Abby Cohen
    Abby Cohen
    English and World Literature Teacher
    Dartmouth College - A.B.
    University of Wisconsin, Madison - M.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
  • Photo of Elly Eisenberg
    Elly Eisenberg
    English and World Literature Teacher
    Brown University - B.A.
    Middlebury College - M.A.
  • Photo of Benjamin Gantcher
    Benjamin Gantcher
    English Teacher
    Amherst College - BA
    University of Texas at Austin - MA
  • Photo of Janet Lee
    Janet Lee
    English and World Literature Teacher
    Columbia University - M.A.
    Columbia University - M.Phil.
    Columbia University - Ph.D.
  • Photo of Ana Silva
    Ana Silva
    English and World Literature Teacher
    Middlebury College - M.A.
    University of Edinburgh, Scotland - M.A.
  • Photo of Sandor Weiner
    Sandor Weiner
    English and World Literature Teacher
    University of California at Berkeley - B.A.
    University of Iowa - M.A.