ENG 270E: Introduction to Literature: Literary History: World Literature: Classical Times to 1600

Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture

Students read selected major works of world literature from classical times (generally beginning with The Epic of Gilgamesh from around 2000 B.C.) through the 16th century, or the time of Shakespeare. Students will look at works from all the major cultures of the world. They will discuss these works in relation to their context, ideas, intended meaning, and historical significance. Literary movements and methods of interpretation also will be discussed.


"C" or higher in ENG 100.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring (once every 3 semesters)
Diversification: Literatures — DL
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Place and explain literary works within their historical and cultural contexts.
  2. Write engaging and well-supported essays using analysis and synthesis to explore literary themes.
  3. Connect the themes expressed in literature to their own experiences.
  4. Use common terms and concepts appropriate to the study of literature.
  5. Analyze key aspects of world literature, such as how fiction writers use plot, character, setting, point of view, symbolism, and theme, and how poets use imagery, musical devices, diction, form, and tone.