ENG 100-A The Mirror of Friendship (Literature Cornerstone)


Course Details

  • Online
  • 8 Weeks | May 29 – July 20
  • 3 Credits | Cost: $1425.00
  • Online myHill Registration | April 9 – May 22
  • Online Payment is Due at Time of Registration

Course Description

“Without friends,” wrote Aristotle, “no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” For the Greek philosopher, in fact, friendship was a higher value than justice and one of the purest forms of love. Oscar Wilde, with tongue in cheek, had a somewhat different take: “Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.” In this intensive online course we will examine the philosophy and literature of friendship from the ancient world to the contemporary era of one-click “friending” on Facebook. We’ll look at friendship in its many hues: from the innocent relationships of childhood and the intensities of adolescent bonds to friendships that cross over into romantic love and friendships that spiral into dependency, rivalry, obsession, and betrayal. 

As we gaze into what Aristotle called the mirror that friends hold up for one another, we will also examine what the border-crossing power of friendship shows us about race, class, gender, and sexuality. Authors we will consider may include: Aristotle, Cicero, Michel de Montaigne, Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, David Mitchell, Achy Obejas, ZZ Packer, Junot Diaz, Sherman Alexie, and Mohsin Hamid.

Frequent writing assignments will ask you to explore a variety of kinds of writing, such as “quotes and notes” annotations, blog posts, personal essays, and formal critical analysis.  Special attention will be paid to developing basic writing and composition skills with an emphasis on formulating clear and persuasive arguments. We will also use Voice Thread as a way to converse with one another about these texts and our questions and ideas.

Additional Information

  • Fulfills the Literature Cornerstone General Education Requirement.
  • Faculty will contact all students after the May 22nd registration deadline with course instructions. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 17 hours of course related work per week.

Course Instructor

Jared F. Green

Jared F. Green

Associate Professor of English

Jared Green is an author, visual artist, experimental literary performer, and professor of English literature and creative writing at Stonehill College. Green’s collaborative dance work with choreographer Richard Colton (Swerve, 2013; The Invention of Morel, 2014, Under the Paving Stones, The Beach, 2015) has been performed at Cheim & Read Gallery in New York City, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Boston Conservatory. His current projects include WALL Series, a multimedia collaboration with poet Mark McMorris, and the novels Gasoline Rainbow and The Blue Octavo Notebooks. His fiction has been recognized by the Rhode Island Foundation, which awarded him the MacColl Johnson Fellowship in fiction writing in 2006.