World & British Literature (Lectures)

$20.00 / month

In this class, Thomas Purifoy will explore some of the greatest epics and books written in the history of the world. Thomas is an author and teacher who studied English and Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University. He takes a special interest in understanding the way literature functions, as well as how we write about it.

1 Credit | Grades 11-12

Part of the Compass Lectures Series where expert teachers are filmed as they teach in an actual classroom. New videos and assignments will be loaded weekly. Any homework will be graded by students or parents.


We will explore the perennial theme of man trying to achieve happiness in spite of the difficulties of life. This course involves heavy reading, and will include either entire books or sections from The Odyssey, Augustine’s Confessions, The Divine Comedy, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Pride & Prejudice, Heart of Darkness, All the King’s Men, and important British poets.

Regular writing assignments include presenting papers publicly to the class in a seminar-style setting and regular discussion.

License: This product is licensed for use by one family. Coop participants must purchase one subscription per family.

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Thomas Purifoy


30 (filming in progress; course updated weekly with new content)





1 HS English Credit

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Thomas Purifoy is a producer, writer, and director with Compass Cinema & Compass Classroom. He has been the director of a classical school in France where he taught 20th Century History, English Literature, Film History, Old Testament, and Philosophy. Thomas has also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He is married and has three daughters.


Purchase of this product grants access to videos filmed live in Nashville as well as assignments given to the students attending in person. Remote customers will be able to follow along or repeat portions of the course through our Learning Management System wherein course progress is saved.

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