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Dr. Emily Dowd-Arrow

Office: Arts & Sciences (Cypress Hall) 236

Office Phone: 229-248-3169



Required Texts

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The Norton Anthology of World Literature, vols. D, E, and F - Martin Puchner (General Editor)
ISBN: 9780393933666
Publication Date: 2012-03-09

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The McGraw-Hill Handbook - Elaine Maimon; Janice Peritz; Kathleen Yancey
ISBN: 9780077397302
Publication Date: 2011-11-18


Grade Distribution

3T&Ts (lowest dropped) 15%
Textual Analysis Essay 10%
Comparative Analysis Essay 15%
Researched Analysis Essay 30%
Part I Exam 15%
Part II Exam 15%

ALL Essays must be Submitted to PASS the course!


Evaluation Scale

100-90 A
89-80 B
79-70 C
69-60 D
59-0 F

Course Information

This course will examine world literature in two broad categories: important movements in philosophy and culture, including post-colonial literature and non-canonical works in translation; important literary movements.  We will begin with the European Enlightenment and the explosion of “freedom” as a political – and literary – philosophy, including the voices of those left behind in the rush for personal freedom: people of color, and women.  In the second half of the semester, we will explore the effects of war, industrialization, and colonization on their subject peoples.  Throughout the course, we will examine shifts in literary aesthetic: structures, forms, themes, and motifs.

In compiling these readings, I have tried to select works whose method and message speak to the present moment with the voices of the past.  We will hear voices from across the globe in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and prose – expanding our global perspective and our sense of our own place in the global culture.

Furthermore, you will develop a familiarity with key literary and critical concepts, as you expand your skills in critical thinking, analysis, and writing.


Course Schedule

The Enlightenment in Europe (D 91-104) / Kant (D 105-9) / Descartes (D 110-3) / Diderot "Political Authority" (D 121-3) / Revolutionary Contexts (E 17-24)

Pope An Essay on Man (D 344)

Voltaire Candide, or Optimism (D 355-413)


Behn Oroonoko, or, The Royal Slave (D 198-246)

Diderot "Beast, etc." (D 114-5), "Savages", "The Slave Trade" (D 124-5) / Beattie (D 130-3)

Douglass Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass (E 231-293)

Equiano The Life of Olaudah Equiano (E 73-98)


Astell from Some Reflections Upon Marriage (Course Library PDF) / Haywood (Course Library PDF)

de Gouges (E 24) / Wollstonecraft (D 133-6) / Adams (Course Library PDF)

Seneca Falls (E 50) / Schreiner Woman and Labor (Course Library PDF) / Ramabai "Legal Rights" (E 621-3)

Truth "Ain't I A Woman?" (Course Library PDF) / Johnson "A Red Girl's Reasoning" (Course Library PDF)


Romantic Poets (E 322-) / Shelley "Defense of Poetry" (E 401) / Blake "The Chimney Sweeper" (both versions), "London" (E) / Wordsworth "The Prelude" (E) and "Toussaint L'Ouverture" (E) / Marti "I am an Honest Man" (E 519-21)


Elizabeth Browning "Cry of the Children" (E) / Landon "The Factory" (Course Library PDF)

Davis "Life in the Iron-Mills" (Course Library PDF)

Conrad Heart of Darkness (F 54-78)

Melville "Bartlby, the Scrivener" (E 293-)

Ichiyõ (E 905-) / Kincaid "Girl" (F 1144)

Kafka The Metamorphosis (F 207-)

Borges "The Garden of Forking Paths" (F 487-)

Cavafy "The City" (F 513) / Paz "I Speak of the City" (F 634)


Borowski "This Way for the Gas" (F 695) / Celan "Deathfugue" (F 710) / Cortazar "House Taken Over" F 689)

Camus "The Guest" (F 751-) / Achebe "Dead Men's Path" (Course Library PDF)

Darwish "Identity Card" (F 893) / Salih "The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid" (F 815)

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