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Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know

Join Professor Joseph Pearce and learn about everything from the Greek epics to Shakespeare’s plays to Tolkien’s famous trilogy. What Every Catholic Should Know is an insightful introduction to the world’s rich depository of stories. Learn how great literature mirrors The Story—the Story of Salvation History and how it directs us back to the Storyteller, God himself.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: The ability to enjoy great literature

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th

Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature


A survey of the Great Books of Western Civilization based on Joseph Pearce’s book, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know. Students will gain a good and solid introduction to many of the greatest works ever written. It is not expected that students will be familiar with these works, nor that they have read them. Class reading will be chapters from Mr. Pearce’s book. In preparation for the first class session, it would be helpful were students to have read Chapters 1 to 3 before the first class.


Day One – Classical Epic & Tragedy: Homer, Virgil, Sophocles

Day Two – Medieval Literature: Boethius, Beowulf, Dante, Chaucer

Day Three – Shakespeare’s Catholic Muse

Day Four – Metaphysical and Romantic Poetry: Gardner, Southwell, Crashaw, Herbert, Donne, Wordsworth

Day Five – Nineteenth Century Literature: Austen, Bronte Sisters, Shelley, Hopkins, Wilde

Day Six – Twentieth Century Literature: Benson, Chesterton, Belloc, Elliot, Tolkien, Lewis

Materials and Homework

Course materials: Joseph Pearce, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know [Ignatius Press/Augustine Institute] ISBN: 9781733522120 (https://www.ignatius.com/Literature-P3299.aspx)

Homework: Reading Assignment: approximately 30 pages per class meeting. Reviewing for Weekly Quizzes. Quizzes are automated and graded by the computer for immediate feedback. Estimated homework time per week: 2 hours

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