ETS 174-1: World Literature, Beginnings to 1000 C.E.
Dr. Harvey Teres
What are the origins of World Literature?
This course will introduce you to some of the most valued and enduring examples of world literature from ancient times to 1000 C.E. Its goal is to enhance your global cultural literacy by familiarizing you with the most influential books and cultures in history. This will prepare you to better understand your diverse world and become an informed global citizen. It will also provide essential background for understanding English and American literature and culture. We will begin with some of the oldest literature in the world (Gilgamesh and Egyptian love poems), and go on to read sections from the Hebrew Bible (the “Old” Testament), Sanskrit and Greek epics (The Ramayana and The Iliad), classical Chinese philosophy (Confucius and Zhuangzi), Greek and Roman lyric poetry (Sappho, Catullus, Horace, and others), The New Testament, Saint Augustine’s Confessions, Chinese Tang dynasty poetry (Li Bai, Du Fu, Wang Wei, and others), excerpts from the Qur’an, stories from 1001 Nights, and excerpts from The Tale of Genji by the Japanese woman writer Murasaki Shikibu, arguably the first novel ever written. Classes will alternate between lectures and discussions. You will have the option of either producing shorter response papers or traditional midterm and final interpretive essays.