ENGL 20100 World Literature: Masterpieces of the Premodern World

GE-Human Culture: Literature/Human Diversity What were the stories that shaped civilization? In this course, we will survey some of the most powerful stories from around the world—stories that gave expression to the realities and dreams of the civilizations which produced them, and in so doing, guided the evolution of those civilizations, and of the civilizations which followed them. We will read some of the oldest surviving texts of the ancient world, and we will follow the development of literature and global civilization down to roughly 1600 CE—the dawn of the modern world. As we read each text, we will consider how it sheds light on the character and thought of the particular culture that produced it, as well as on the transcultural themes that link together our shared humanity.




ENGL 15000 or EPP 15000 with a C or better.