British Literature

Explorations in British Literature

Tutor: Karen Kiser


To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the richness of Britain’s literary heritage & its impact on the U.S.

For Whom:

Grades 9-12 *HS English or British Literature Credit


We will read and study two British novels in depth and also study the Anglo-Saxon period through the twentieth century, working through historical and philosophical backgrounds and across genres.

This British Literature class fulfills the Michigan graduation requirement for British Literature, English, or may serve as an elective. We will study the life and times of the authors and the significance of the authors’ works, discussing such literary techniques as irony, symbolism, hyperbole, mood, tone, theme, and others. We will also stress the importance of developing critical thinking skills in analyzing and appreciating one of the greatest literary heritages in the world. I intend this class to prepare students well for college as well as providing them with the rich moral values which are gradually being lost in current American high school education.

Semester One:

Beowulf, Arthurian legends, Canterbury Tales, the Elizabethans, Milton, Bunyan, Swift, & Defoe

Semester Two:

Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Austen, Tennyson, Brownings, Dickens, Kipling, Hardy, Wilde, Yates, Elliot, Woolf, Orwell, & Lewis

A comprehensive syllabus w/study guides is included in the tuition for each semester. Semester one generally covers the beginnings of literature to the Age of Reason. Semester two covers the Romantics, Victorians, and contemporary writers.


$380 for the year;  $190 per semester

About the Instructor:

B. S. in Secondary Education (20+ years Experience)
Taught for 12 years at Southside Christian School in SC
Homeschooled three of my eight children
Taught since 2007 at KAT – World Lit., Shakespeare, American Lit. , British Lit, ACT, PSAT, SAT (verbal) Test Prep & Public Speaking