Stories give shape to the confusion of life.
The English curriculum at Pomfret is vigorous and vibrant. By examining words, sentences, characters, and plots, our students learn what it means to be human. English courses at Pomfret challenge students to engage fully with the texts, their teachers, and their peers in discussion-based classes. Students write often, in a variety of genres, from the analytical to the personal to the imaginative.
- Are You Afraid of the Dark? American Horror
- Nuestras Historias: Latin American Literature and Film
- That Escalated Quickly: The Art of Flash Fiction
- Walking Through the Apocalypse: Visions of the Future
- सर्वं ज्ञानं मयि विद्यते: Exploring post-colonial literature in South Asia
- Literature of the Land
- Strong Women: Antigone and A Doll’s House
This course examines ideas surrounding the gothic and horror genre across American literature and film. What makes us terrified of the dark? What stylistic techniques do writers and directors use to convey our fears? And what are their intentions? Possible materials include Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw, the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and the films The Others, Halloween (1978), and Alien.
Apocalyptic literature reveals the author’s vision of “End Times,” that is, what happens to humanity when traditional ways of life come to an end. In this course, we will look at the apocalypse as it is envisioned by a variety of authors. Possible texts include McCarthy’s The Road, Mandel’s Station Eleven, and Oliva’s The Last One. While all texts in this course expose a haunting post-apocalyptic world, we will ask (and answer) some important questions about what an apocalypse might mean for the future. Moreover, what if an apocalypse happens and we don’t know? Though the stories all different in nature, each carries several common threads of perseverance, tenacity, and strength.
Our English faculty is comprised of teachers who love the literary arts and make it a large part of their lives. Many of Pomfret's English faculty are published authors and have established reputations for their work far beyond the halls of Pomfret School. The Department also offers an exciting annual lineup of visiting authors, further broadening the horizon of what is possible for our students.