World Literature

World Literature

The rich cultural and historical heritage of nations worldwide can be learned by reading the world literature.
The rich cultural and historical heritage of nations worldwide can be learned by reading their literatures

Welcome to the web page of our course in World Literature! This humble web page is an on-going project I am undertaking as part of my dedicated initiative to transcend the borders of our four-cornered classroom. Please ignore the advertisements embedded because I am subscribed to a free web hosting service. I don’t currently have the necessary funds to finance a subscription of a web hosting and domain hosting services. Nevertheless, I enjoin you to join me as we embark on this journey, and together, let us explore the all the joy and worthwhile facets of the literatures of the world.

“In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than those people who cannot and will not read.” ~ S.I. Hayakawa

Our edmodo online class platform

As a support to augment our limited class contact hours, we will likewise utilize the functionalities of the website to the fullest. This site will host our online quizzes, online assignments, etc.

To complete your argumentation and debate learning experience, enroll in our online class platform. Here’s how:

  1. Use the Edmodo group code given specific to your section
  2. Go to
  3. Click the button “I’m a Student”
  4. Fill in the needed information such as: First Name, Last Name, the group code, Email address, choose a Username and a Password (you need to remember the Username and Password), then click the button “Submit”
  5. You are now enrolled! You need to customize your profile by adding information about you, upload a profile image, and other details.
  6. Your interface is set like a social media feed where you can post status updates, message your friends and classmates including your teacher, friend/unfriend someone and follow someone or some posts.
  7. Enjoy!

Course description

This course is a comprehensive and analytic study on the selected literary masterpieces of the world from ancient to contemporary periods. It focuses on the interplay of the structure, elements, stylistic features, socio-cultural background, and significant human experiences contained in each literary piece. Students are expected to demonstrate critical and reflective thinking and show appreciation of the lessons learned through active class participation and creative outputs.

Course intended learning outcomes (Cilos)

At the completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Classify literary pieces according to their literary genre.
  2. Draw-out general concepts about the changes undergone by peoples of the world and by literature through time.
  3. React to the human actions and concepts contained in world literature and reflect on personal transformation.
  4. Examine the distinct features and cultural themes of selections from various literatures worldwide.
  5. Apply the ideas learned through submission of creative outputs.

Course outline

Prelim Period (Weeks 1–6)

I. Introduction; TIP Vision and Mission; TIP Graduate Attributes/ Institutional Intended Learning Outcomes; Program Objectives/ Program Intended Learning Outcomes; Course Objectives/ Course Intended Learning Outcomes; Course Policies.

Introduction to Literature. Definition, standards, and approaches. Divisions of Literature and Literary Genres. Ancient and Classical Literatures: Gilgamesh, Mahabharata and Ramayana, Iliad and Odyssey, Aeneid.

Midterm Period (Weeks 7–12)

II.  European and Western Literatures. English and American Literature: Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. French and German Literature: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Nibelungenlied. Italian and Spanish Literature: Mateo Falcone by Prosper Merimee, Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderon Dela Barca. Russian Literature: God Sees the Truth but Waits by Leo Tolstoy.

Final Period (Weeks 13–18)

III. African and Asian Literatures. Hebrew and Egyptian Literature:. Joseph the Dreamer (Genesis 30-50), The Tale of the Two Brothers. Chinese and Japanese Literature: Analects by Confucius, In a Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Arabian Literature: The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam. African Literature: Africa by David Mandessi Diop.