World Literature – Literatures in Translation

This course introduces students to important literary texts from a wide range of cultural traditions and historical periods in order to promote great awareness of the diverse ways in which the world has been understood and imagined. Assigned readings are texts that represent or have significantly influenced the beliefs, values, or artistic traditions of societies beyond the European/Anglo-American “West” and texts that are culturally important in particular local traditions within this “West,” but are not well known beyond them. Readings may include selections from the oral traditions of indigenous societies in the Americas, Australasia, Africa, and elsewhere as well as from the literary canons of East Asian, Indian, Arabic, or other societies with long traditions of writing. Readings may also include newer works that significantly reflect any of these traditions.

Credits: 3 Cr.