English (ENGL) 336

Comparative Literature II (Revision 1)

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Permanently closed, effective February 9. 2017.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study with 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). ENGL 335 is strongly recommended.

Precluded Course: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 336 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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World literature and multi-media are the focus of this course. Students will broaden their understanding of literature and the literary as they explore texts which interact with different media in addition to the printed word. Most of the texts are from this century and include hypertexts.

ENGL 336 is a complement to ENGL 335, and together constitute a unique exploration of world literature in all its manifestations.


To receive credit for ENGL 336, 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


Borges, Jorge Luis. 1964. Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. Donald Yates and James Irby (Eds.), New York: New Directions.

Bruner, Charlette (Ed.). 1994. Unwinding the Thread: Writing by Women of Africa. London: Heineman. (Please contact Athabasca University Library to request a copy for loan.)

Esquivel, Laura. 1992. Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies. Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen (Trans), 1992. New York: Anchor.

Pavic, Milorad. 1989. Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 100,000 Words. Trade Paper, Random House.

Seth, Vikram. 1991. The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse. Random House.

Shelley, Mary. 1992. Frankenstein. Johanna M. Smith, (Ed.), Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press.


Lang, Fritz (Dir.). 1997. Metropolis. Allied Artists Entertainment.

Special Instructional Features

Students must have access to a VCR, a CD player, a computer with a minimum of Windows 3.1 software, CD-ROM, a modem, and access to the Internet.

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 336 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.

Opened in Revision 1, Oct 15, 1999.

Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services