Syllabus

Course Description:

This course presents a global approach to literature by introducing a variety of narrative, lyric, and dramatic forms representative of different cultures and historical periods, from ancient times through the sixteenth century. Specific choices depend upon the preference of the instructor, but every class studies examples of epic poetry, sacred texts, medieval narrative, and classical and Renaissance drama. Discussions involve both close reading of selected texts and comparison of the values the texts promote. Students engage in a variety of communication-intensive activities designed to enhance their appreciation of literature and their awareness of the way it shapes and reflects a multicultural world.

Required Texts:

  • The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Volumes A, B, C, 4th edition. New York: Norton.

New and used editions of the Norton Anthology are available for purchase online at the Baruch College bookstore. The Baruch bookstore also provides free shipping on qualifying orders.

Schedule of Readings:

Week 1

Aug. 25 – Introductions; introductory slide presentation (PowerPoint)

Week 2

Aug. 30 – The Hebrew Bible, 145-149; Genesis, 152-157 [From Creation to the Murder of Abel] and [Noah and the Flood]

Sept. 1 – Genesis, 157-161 [Noah and the flood]; 161-164 [God’s Promise to Abraham] and [Abraham and Isaac]

Week 3

Sept. 6 – College Closed – No Classes Scheduled

Sept. 8 – College Closed – No Classes Scheduled

Week 4

Sept. 13 – Job, 187-212

Sept. 15 – College Closed – No Classes Scheduled

Week 5

Sept. 20 – The Epic of Gilgamesh, 89-106 [Tablet 1-2]

Sept. 22 – Gilgamesh, 100-114 [Tablets 3-5] PDF

Sept. 24 – First Essay Due

Week 6

Sept. 27 – Gilgamesh, 114-145 [Tablets 5-11]

Sept. 29 – Sophocles, 681-682; Antigone, 725-755 PDF

Week 7

Oct. 4 – Finish reading Sophocles, 681-682; Antigone, 725-755 PDF

Oct. 6 – Ovid, 1026-1029; Metamorphoses, 1029-1035 [from Book I], 1057-1068 [from Book X]

Week 8

Oct. 11 – College Closed – No Classes Scheduled

Oct. 13 – Euripides, 756-758; Medea [please read the entire play] PDF 1 & PDF 2

Week 9

Oct. 18 – Finish reading Medea; begin drafting an argumentative thesis for Essay 2.

Oct. 20 – Medea

Week 10

Oct. 25 – The Bhagavad-Gita, 1276-1278; Bhagavad-Gita, 1278-1294 PDF

Oct. 27 – The Qur’an, 73-75; 76-118 (Volume B)

Week 11

Nov. 1 – Beowulf, 118-124; Beowulf, 124-142; PDF: beowulf-translation-by-seamus-heaney

Nov. 3 – Beowulf, 143-165

Nov. 5 – Second Essay Due

Week 12

Nov. 8 – William Shakespeare, As You Like It (Acts 1-3) https://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works/as-you-like-it/entire-play/ 

Nov. 10 – Finish reading As You Like It (Acts 4-5) https://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works/as-you-like-it/entire-play/

Week 13

Nov. 15 – Miguel Cervantes, 357-362; Don Quixote, 362-434 (Volume C) Don Quixote, Prologue, Part 1 and Don Quixote, Part 2

Nov. 17 – Finish reading Cervantes, 357-362; Don Quixote, 362-434 (Volume C)

Week 14

Nov. 22 – John Milton, 770-773; Paradise Lost, Book 1

Nov. 24 – Paradise Lost, Books 2 and 4

Week 15

Nov. 29Paradise Lost, Book 9

Dec. 1Paradise Lost, Books 10 and 12

Week 16 

Dec. 6 – TBD

Dec. 8 – TBD

Dec. 17 – Final Research Essay Due