English 12: Speaking Truth to Power: The Literature of Resistance and Hope

Upper School

Grade 12


Credits: .5

English 12: Speaking Truth to Power is an English elective that also fulfills the ethics requirement.

This course will examine fiction, essays, poetry, plays, and other literary works that aim to reveal and improve the lives of the oppressed. The course will focus primarily on works written by and about marginalized people, but will also examine the roots of the ethical and philosophical principles behind their resistance, successful or not, in the face of injustice. How can we fight evil? What has worked? What do our stories tell us about being able to shape the world for the better? This course will also look at the social change sparked by writing and writers. Students in this course will be expected to discuss difficult issues with compassion, curiosity, and respect.