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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 264
Course Title: World Literature II
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

World literature from the seventeenth century through contemporary. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.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 non-U.S. and should represent a range of world cultures.

Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces
By Maynard Mack et al., eds (Norton)
The Longman Anthology of World Literature
By Damrosch, et al., eds (Pearson Longman)
Course Objectives

To understand non-British or U.S. world literature in multiple forms from the seventheenth century through the contemporary period.

Measurable Learning
  • Delineate the periods of world literary history, since the seventeenth century.
  • Identify major and some minor authors of these periods.
  • Define and distinguish literary forms of the period.
  • 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 and non-U.S. 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
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 3,000 words (about 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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