Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ENG 107
Course Title:
World Literature
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Course Description

Introduces broad spectrum of literature in translation that begins in antiquity and concludes at the dawn of the Renaissance. Includes works of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction. Examines the uniqueness and interconnectedness of literature from a variety of worldwide traditions, both western and non-western. This series (ENG 107-108) does not have to be taken in sequence. The first of a two course survey of World literature. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Instructors may choose an anthology, individual works, or both.  This course meets the requirements of a survey, emphasizing breadth over depth.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

Identify and discuss the ways in which world literature cross?pollinates and overlaps.
Analyze the effects of war, religion, technology, economic development, racism, culture, etc. on world literature during this time period.
Discuss crucial differences of the various literary forms, periods and histories in both Western and nonwestern literatures.
Write clear, focused, coherent essays about literature for an academic audience, using standard English conventions of grammar and style.

Course Activities and Design

Instructors are free to include any assortment of activities to enhance student enjoyment and learning, including lectures, small-group discussions, writing, film viewings, individual and/or class projects, attending a dramatic performance as a class, research, etc.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment tools may include--

 reading journals

class presentations

formal papers


group projects

study questions

in-class writing


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

explication of individual works

comparison of works

literary vocabulary  


literary periods, canons, cultures

analysis of individual works

synthesis of knowledge about literature as a global phenomenon

variety of styles

literary themes unique to world literature

 Suggested Texts:

 Instructors may choose to work exclusively with a single anthology or to include individual works as well.  The following list shows only a few examples of what is possible for an English 107 class.

 The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces: Expanded Edition in One Volume (includes new selections from Asia and Africa).

 The Longman Anthology of World Literature (Volume 1).

 The Bedford Anthology of World Literature (Package One).

 Gilgamesh: A New Translation.  Stephen Mitchell. 

 The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights (Modern Library Classics).  A.S. Byat.

 The Selected Poems of T€™ao Ch€™en (Copper Canyon).  David Hinton.

 Sappho: A New Translation.  Mary Barnard.

 Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali.  D.T. Niane.