Shimer College

HUM2 : Poetry, Drama & Fiction Course

Literature, whether it is poetry, drama or fiction, is a way of representing the human condition. It is provocative because of its universals and because of its formal and rhetorical properties.

Humanities 2 provides an introduction to literary forms: lyric, narrative, and epic poetry; drama; short story; and novel. Students articulate their responses to literature and think about the works as catalysts of those responses. They are also expected to come to terms with the works as both respondents and actors in the human drama that literature imaginatively depicts.

Students write frequent short analytical and interpretive essays which increase comprehension, broaden outlooks, and afford practice in writing clearly. Faculty members work intensively with students on their writing. 

Fyodor Dostoevsky, by David LevineFyodor Dostoevsky, by David Levine

Reading List  

  • The Norton Anthology of Poetry
  • Homer, Odyssey
  • Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Antigone
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
  • Flannery O’Connor, short stories
  • Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot