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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 263
Course Title: World Literature I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

World literature from the earliest epics through the sixteenth century. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. G.E. Occasional offering.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ENGL 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A suitable anthology of world literature. The texts listed below are representative. Other texts may also be required as appropriate. 

Texts selected should be non-British and should represent a range of world cultures.

Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces
By M. Mack, et al., eds (Norton)
Longman Anthology of World Literature
By by Damrosch, David and Pike, David L (Longman)
Course Objectives
  • To understand world literature in multiple forms from the earliest epics through the sixteenth century.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Delineate the periods of world literary history from the earliest epics through the sixteenth century.
  • Identify major and some minor authors of these periods. 
  • Define and distinguish literary forms of the periods.
  • Articulate themes and historical and cultural context of all works.
  • Apply the terminology of literary study to interpret the texts.
Topical Outline:
  • A chronological examination and discussion of non-British world literature through the sixteenth century, drawing on a selection of multiple literary forms including, but not limited to, essay, fiction, poetry, and drama.
  • A cross-cultural and historical contextualization and comparison of the texts representing a range of world cultures.
  • Deparmental policy requires a minimum 3,000 words (approximately 12  pages) of graded student writing for this course. 
  • In class exams, including a final.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Johanna Denzin Date: May 15, 2014
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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