The essence of this course is critical reading, writing and discussion of selected contemporary novels, poems and short stories. We will examine the texts from multiple viewpoints, examining the works not only for themes, narratives, and style, but also through application of a variety of critical theories. The texts are multicultural and may contain mature themes and images. The texts, discussions, ideas and format are different from those normally encountered in a high school classroom. You can expect to be challenged, enlightened and offended by things you encounter in the course.