A 1-semester course; 3 credit hours. This course is a study of world literature from the beginnings through 1650. Readings will include poetry and prose and the course will consider the literary, cultural and historical significance of the literature from Western and Non-Western traditions.
In this course, we will explore the works of a variety of literary traditions. We will work to understand the literature in its cultural and historical contexts and we will seek to increase our understanding and appreciation of the complex and diverse world we inhabit. Because we will cover a huge topic (geographically and chronologically) in this survey course, most readings will be selections from longer texts. We will also read Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. We will explore how this novel, published in 1922, deals with some of the themes from earlier times and different places.