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World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650

World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650

Reading about any culture foreign to one’s own tends to create a form of culture shock in the reader. In a world literature class, students frequently face texts that are completely unfamiliar to them, and the typical culture shock reactions set in. We tend not to like things that we do not understand, in part because we do not like the feeling of not knowing something. I have had students complain that they did not “like” a story...

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Elizabeth Kuipers
Elizabeth Kuipers (Faculty)
1 week ago
This is a beautiful book. It is divided into three pdfs that make it easier for students to access specific assignments in an online environment. I particularly appreciate the section introductions which make suggestions for pairing texts and give broad ideas for thinking about the texts in conversation with one another. The text is difficult at times because of its lack of robust footnotes that most college level sophomores would benefit from.
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