World Literature

Prerequisites: Successful completion of seven semesters of English

This course introduces students to both traditional and contemporary works from such areas as Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Texts are studied at a moderate to fast pace with teacher support. The syllabus includes prose, poetry, drama, and film as students study not only the literature from distant lands but some of the history and culture as well.

Works may include those by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia), Dai Sijie (China), Mahmoud Darwish (Palestinian Territories), Banana Yoshimoto (Japan), Yehuda Amichai (Israel), Marjane Satrapi (Iran), and Athol Fugard (South Africa). The course opens to students a world and daily experiences very different from their own.

Evaluation is based on class participation, quizzes, tests, essays, independent projects, oral reports, and a semester examination.