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. 

Completion of ENGL 111 or consent of instructor

Maas, David F.

Adjunct Professor in English
Part Time
B.A. (1993), Ambassador University; B.A. (1966), M.A. (1967), Ed. Specialist (1972), Minnesota State University-Mankato; Ed.D. (1977), Texas A&M University-Commerce
Subject Matter: 

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.

Course Credit: 
Three (3) semester hours
Instructional Objectives: 

As a result of participating in ENGL 262, students will be able: 

  1. To develop a broad knowledge of significant works of world literature. 
  2. To develop a specific understanding of selected representative works of major authors within the various times and places studied. 
  3. To develop a general understanding of historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of the  assigned works. 
  4. To analyze specific literary texts, presenting thoughtfully developed ideas in writing. 
Required Texts: 

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. 

Optional Text:

Also, links to videos and movies dramatizing many of the works are provided in the corresponding lessons.

Additional Readings: 

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. 

Course Calendar: 
Lesson Topics
1 (4 weeks) 

The Age of Reason

Moliere Tartuffe

Voltaire Candide

2 (6 weeks)

Romanticism in Literature

William Wordsworth

Johnn Wolfgang von Goethe

John Keats

3 (4 weeks)

Realism and Naturalism in Literature

Walt Whitman

Emily Dikinson

4 (2 weeks)

20th Century Themes

T. S. Eliot

  Independent Study Project
Course Requirements: 

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
Course Evaluation 13      
Total 1200      

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

Students With Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students having a disability requiring an accommodation should inform the instructor by email (on the “Course Info” page click on the instructor’s name and then select “Send Email”).

Technology Access
This course requires web access and the student has to have an established e-mail account. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view documents that are PDF files. One can download the reader free at

Course Evaluation
Student input is welcome for improving this course. Making suggestions by e-mail is helpful. Our goal in this course is to facilitate the successful achievement of all instructional objectives by all students. At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We want to make e-learning courses as effective as we can. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program. We appreciate students letting us know how we can improve our products and services for them and other distance learners.

Withdrawing From or Dropping This Course
It is the responsibility of a student to drop a course if he or she cannot meet the requirements of the course. Any student who stops attending a course without officially withdrawing from it risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, Registrar, or Vice President of Academic Affairs. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Please note the following: If a student drops a course on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty” as published in the University Academic Calendar, even if his or her work is not of a passing grade, then a “W” is recorded. If a course is dropped after that date, but before the last 21 calendar days of the semester, then the instructor determines the grade. The faculty member will at this time record a grade of “W” if passing (not computed in GPA) or “WF” if failing (computed in GPA). Students who drop a course, yet remain in one or more other courses during the last 18 calendar days of the semester, will receive a grade of “WF.” Students who completely withdraw from the University at any time during the semester may be given a grade of “W” on all courses. If students do not initiate the withdrawal process, the instructor is required to initiate the administrative process and to record a grade of “W” or “WF” for the course depending on the date the faculty member drops the student from the course. Students who register for a course as an audit, but then withdraw will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course.