English (ENGL) 341

World Literature (Revision 1)

ENGL 341

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s).

Precluded Courses: ENGL 335, ENGL 336, and LTST 551

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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English 341 is an introduction to world literature. 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 areas of the globe. Each unit 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 a historical perspective.


  • Unit 1: The Return of World Literature
  • Unit 2: World Literature and Comparative Literature
  • Unit 3: Approaches to World Literature
  • Unit 4: The Ancient World
  • Unit 5: The Medieval Era
  • Unit 6: The Early Modern Period
  • Unit 7: The Age of the Enlightenment
  • Unit 8: The Nineteenth Century
  • Unit 9: The Twentieth Century
  • Unit 10: Literatures of the World


To receive credit for English 341 you must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on the two exams and achieve a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent). All assignments are required in order to pass the course. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assignment Credit Weight
Essay 1 5%
Essay 2 15%
Exam 1 20%
Essay 3 20%
Essay 4 20%
Exam 2 20%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Damrosch, David, ed. Gateways to World Literature, Volume 1: The Ancient World through the Early Modern Period. Boston: Pearson, 2012.

Damrosch, David, ed. Gateways to World Literature, Volume 2: The Seventeenth Century to Today. Boston: Pearson, 2012.

D’haen, Theo. The Routledge Concise History of World Literature. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Other Materials

All other materials (Student Manual, Course Manual, Supplementary Materials) can be found online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, February 3, 2017