English (ENGL) 335

Comparative Literature I (Revision 1)

ENGL 335 course website

Permanently closed, effective February 9, 2017.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study. Online-enhanced. Video component*. *Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

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

Precluded Course: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 335 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Comparative Literature I introduces students to some of the major works of world literature by examining texts which transcend the boundaries of language, culture, and nationality. One of the assumptions of the comparative approach is that literary traditions continue to exist, in one form or another, throughout history, and in various languages and parts of the world.

Comparative Literature I focuses on works from Greek, Medieval, and Renaissance literature, and is complemented by ENGL 336 which examines more recent works in various media.


To receive credit for ENGL 335, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment, 50 percent on the final examination, and a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Essay 1 30%
Essay 2 50%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%

The final examination 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


Davis, Paul, et al., eds. Western Literature in a World Context. Vol. I. New York: St. Martin's Free Press, 1995.

Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose. New York: Warner Books, 1984.

Maalouf, Amin. Leo the African. London: Abacus Books, 1994.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o. Devil on the Cross. London: Heinemann, 1988.

Voltaire. Candide or Optimism. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books, 2005.

Other materials

Other course materials include a student manual and study guide. Please contact the Library for the DVD “Name of the Rose”.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 335 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on both assignments.

Activity Weighting
Critical Essay 50%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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.

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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services