The Picture of Dorian Gray: Online Literature for Catholic High School Students


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Course details:
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Total classes: 6
Prerequisite: The ability to read and enjoy The Picture of Dorian Gray
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Literature or English. For a full semester follow with Dale Ahlquist’s course Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton.
Instructor: Joseph Pearce
Course description: A detailed study of Oscar Wilde's classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, focusing on its interaction with the popular ideas of the day, such as Romanticism, scientism, aestheticism, relativism, and hedonism, and how they clash with traditional Christian values.
Course outline:
Week One: Truth, Lies and Masks: Understanding Oscar Wilde's Closet Catholicism
Week Two: Preface and Chapters 1 to 3
Week Three: Chapters 4 to 7
Week Four: Chapters 8 to 11
Week Five: Chapters 12 to 15
Week Six: Chapters 16 to 20
Course materials: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: Ignatius Critical Edition,
Homework: The reading assignment for each class is detailed in the Course Outline above. Students should complete the assigned reading for each class beforehand. Students should highlight the passages discussed in class and review this for the quiz assigned for each class. The estimated time for homework for each class, i.e. for the assigned reading and reviewing for each quiz, should be about 90 minutes.

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