Monthly Archives: October 2015

GOTHTOBER: Edgar Allan Poe!

Gothtober Begins

We’ve once again stumbled upon the most wondrously terrifying and literary time of the year – GOTHTOBER!

Let’s get things started by acquainting ourselves with Edgar Allan Poe, a figure some see as a founding father of American horror! To do this, we will read Jess Nevins’ “Reality as a Gross Deception,” and Poe’s classic “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

[Reality as a Gross Deception]
[The Fall of the House of Usher]

Brave New World Revisited: What Can Be Done?

Brave New World Revisited

AP Literature students — now that we’ve read Brave New World, it’s time to consider just how prophetic the novel is or isn’t!

To jump-start this examination, we are going to read a chapter from Brave New World Revisited, Huxley’s own reflection on how much the world had moved towards his dark vision of the future during the twenty-seven years since his novel’s publication. Please read/annotate this book’s final entry — “What Can Be Done?” — and consider how Huxley’s original novel and self-reflective companion can be used to analyze our society in 2015.