English 341: World Literature is a senior-level, six-credit course that introduces you to literature from around the world. The course begins with a concise history of the origins and development of world literature from the eighteenth century to the present. The remainder of the course facilitates the reading of canonical texts from the ancient world to today and from all corners of the globe. Each unit of the course encourages a comparative understanding of world literature by situating culturally specific texts in global contexts and reading the formal and thematic resources of literary texts in historical perspective.