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Survey of World Literature II: ENGL 209

Course purpose and objectives

Survey of World Literature II is designed to familiarize students with great works of world literature (exclusive of American literature, with the exception of the Writer-in-Residence, or equivalent time period in Eastern literature) representing the Neoclassical, Romantic, Realistic, and Modernist periods. Students will be exposed to diverse literary traditions through discussion and through critical thinking and writing about significant literary works. In addition to tests and quizzes, students will be required to write and revise at least two formal, critical essays or equivalent writing (1,000-word computer drafted minimum); however, instructors are encouraged to assign significant amounts of writing beyond the required minimum in order to facilitate students’ continued acquisition of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

Essential skills and outcomes to be acquired through the course include:

  1. an ability to render close textual analysis;
  2. an ability to synthesize information from multiple texts;
  3. an ability to render clear, cogent ideas;
  4. an ability to structure well-developed essays, with thesis, textual support and analysis;
  5. an ability to correctly employ standard written English usage;
  6. an understanding of and respect for ethnic/cultural diversity;
  7. an aesthetic and critical judgment of literature;
  8. a concept of chronology associated with literary periods;
  9. an understanding of the inter-relationship of the arts, history, and philosophy through the study of literature.

Required texts and materials

A Writer’s Reference, Diana Hacker, St Martins Press; The Norton Anthology: World Masterpieces, Expanded Edition, Vol. II (or department approved text). Paperback supplements are encouraged where appropriate.

The University Writing Center

To receive individual instruction and feedback on writing in progress, students should be encouraged to visit The Academic Support Services Center in the basement of Scarborough Library. Visits are by appointment (via the online schedule found at or through ShepOwl at

Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Project

Instructors of ENGL 101 are encouraged to utilize works by the Writer-in-Residence in their course and incorporate at least one of the residency events each fall into their course curriculum, as this important program presents an extraordinary opportunity for General Studies English students at Shepherd to come into contact with a regional writer of note. For information and lesson plans, see residency webpage at

Course content

While instructors will supplement the list below with representative writers and works, the following will serve as a core of study. When possible, complete works will be used rather than fragments. Supplemental works will include as many non-western selections and works by women as possible.

Western Literature Menu: Choose at least two from each group

Non-Western Literature: Choose a total of six

I.   Neoclassicism:

Swift or Pope
Voltaire or Johnson
Ch’En-En, Shang- Jen,
Xueqin or other
Celebi or other
Saikaku, Basho, Akinari or other

II.  Romanticism:

a Continental Romantic
a British Romantic
Ghalib or other
Uo or other

III.  Realism:

Ibsen or Chekhov
Tagore or other
Jun’ichiro or other
Mahfouz or other

IV.   Modernism and Post-Modernism:

Baudelaire or other French Symbolist
Modernist Poet
Woolf or JoyceCamus, Sartre, or Kafka
Atwood, Lessing, or Gordimer
Garcia-Marquez, Fuentes, Allende or Walcott
Inuit Songs or Zuni Ritual Poetry
Senghor or other
Amichai or other
Devi or other