This course introduces selected works from the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from the eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to selected works.
This course is intended to provide an overview of world literature through selected works from the eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to selected works.
Dr. Maas holds an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University at Commerce and is a graduate of Minnesota State University at Mankato, as well as Ambassador University. He taught as a Professor of English at Wiley College from 2001-2013. For six years he served as Vice President for Education for the International Society for General Semantics, and as the Education Editor and regular contributor for the ETC. Journal.
As a result of participating in ENGL 262, students will be able:
- To develop a broad knowledge of significant works of world literature.
- To develop a specific understanding of selected representative works of major authors within the various times and places studied.
- To develop a general understanding of historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of the assigned works.
- To analyze specific literary texts, presenting thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
Although, it is theoretically possible to take this course without having need of a text, I recommend the student purchase the shorter third edition, in paperback. To save money, the student might want to purchase the two-volume set containing the works for both ENGL261 and ENGL262.
- The Norton Anthology of World Literature Shorter 3rd ed. Paperback ISBN: 9780393919615
- The Norton Anthology of World Literature Shorter 3rd ed. Paperback [This is the two-volume set which contains the texts for ENGL 261 and ENGL 262] ISBN: 9780393919622
Also, links to videos and movies dramatizing many of the works are provided in the corresponding lessons.
Additional readings will be posted on the website to provide background material for the individual units. Appropriate web links will be designated on the course website, and may also include other secular sources.
Course lectures will take the format of both video and audio. PowerPoint slides will accompany lectures and videos will also periodically be available for download with some lectures. See the course website for details. These slides will appear in PDF format.
|1 (4 weeks)||
The Age of Reason
|2 (6 weeks)||
Romanticism in Literature
Johnn Wolfgang von Goethe
|3 (4 weeks)||
Realism and Naturalism in Literature
|4 (2 weeks)||
20th Century Themes
T. S. Eliot
|Independent Study Project|
Course Due Dates and Extensions: Submit assignments on or before the date due. No late or make-up assignments will be allowed except for extreme circumstances (permission of instructor is necessary). Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.
Reading Assignments: Students will be responsible for the readings that correspond with the class lesson. Student should read the literary work and any other assigned reading prior to completing the lesson assignments. Reading assignments are integrated into the lesson pages at the course website and noted below under the Course Outline section of this document.
Icebreaker/Biography Forum Post: All students are required to post a brief biography to the forum within the first week of class. Each student is also asked to reply to two biographies submitted by other classmates. The purposes of the icebreaker are for you to introduce yourself to your classmates, to verify your enrollment in this course, and to promote student interaction. In your original forum post you may want to include such items as:
- Your Name and the Church area that you attend.
- How long you have been part of/attending the church.
- Why you are taking this particular course and what you hope to learn.
- Whether or not you have taken any other Living University courses. .
Discussion Forums: Students are expected to participate in class discussions by posting comments on the Discussion Forum for each lesson topic or unit. For each lesson there will be two or more discussion questions posted that relate to that unit's topics and readings. Make sure that your “comments” are more than merely “personal opinion.” Your comments should be grounded in your lesson readings and based on scripture. Minimal participation requires one original posting and two reply posts to other classmates. Students should also take time at the end of each week to read/review comments from their classmates. Re-posts and additional comments or questions are also encouraged. Be sure to keep the discussions positive and helpful. Involvement in the discussion forum will add to your overall class experience as you discuss the various topics with your classmates. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates better. These weekly discussions are very important and are designed to reinforce the lesson content in a unique way, so it is important to participate in the discussions.
Study Questions: These questions pertain to the unit introductory material and the literary work under reviw. They will be used to construct the individual unit tests. The Files feature on the Assignment Submission page lets your submit your work so your instructor can have it handy for download, review and grading.
Unit Tests: Ten Unit Tests will be given throughout the semester, each being closed book and times for 1 hour. These tests will review all the material covered in that unit/lesson and will be comprised of multiple choice and short answer questions. A practice test will be given before each unit test. No tests in this course require a proctor.
Independent Study Project: The concept behind this project is that the best way to learn something is to prepare to teach it to others. Students will select an author from the Norton Anthology that we are currently not exploring in this course; however, with prior instructor approval, students may select some other author of their choosing from the modern age for this project. This exercise will include: preparing a biographical sketch of the author, with pictures; creating study questions on the biographical material, as well as additional study questions on a literary work or works by this author; and designing unit test questions for a mock exam on the unit. This project will be submitted for grading in the normal fashion, but you will also be sharing these homemade units with your classmates by attaching them as a File on a discussion forum titled Independent Study Project..
Grading: Your course grade will be determined based on the number of points you have earned over the semester as follows:
|Summary of Course Requirements||Point Value||Letter Grade||Total Points|
|Icebreaker/Biography||10||A||1080 points or above|
|Discussion Forum Posts||120||B||960-1079 points|
|Study Questions||352||C||840-959 points|
|Unit Tests and Practice Tests||580||D||720-839 points|
|Independent Study Project||125||F||838 points or below|
Grades, assigned by points, are as follows:
A = 1080 points or above
B = 960-1079 points
C = 840-959 points
D = 720-839 points
F = 838 points or below