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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


  • Julie Abbruscato

    English Teacher
    Barnard College - B.A.
    Warren Wilson College - M.F.A.
  • Stephen Bailey

    English Teacher
    Columbia University - B.A.
    Fairleigh Dickinson University - M.A.
  • Sara Beasley

    English and World Literature Department Head
    Davidson College - A.B.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.A.
  • Bodie Brizendine

    Head of School, English Teacher
    Towson State University - B.S.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.L.A.
  • Abby Cohen

    English Teacher
    Dartmouth College - A.B.
    University of Wisconsin, Madison - M.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
  • Elly Eisenberg

    English Teacher
    Brown University - B.A.
    Middlebury College - M.A.
  • Janet Lee

    Columbia University - M.A.
    Columbia University - M.Phil.
    Columbia University - Ph.D.
  • Ana Silva

    English Teacher
    Middlebury College - M.A.
    University of Edinburgh, Scotland - M.A.
  • Sandor Weiner

    English Teacher
    University of California at Berkeley - B.A.
    University of Iowa - M.A.