Professional Course

Masterpieces of World Literature

edX, Online
12 weeks
12 weeks
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Course description

Masterpieces of World Literature

This literature course explores how great writers refract their world and how their works are transformed when they intervene in our global cultural landscape today.

No national literature has ever grown up in isolation from the cultures around it; from the earliest periods, great works of literature have probed the tensions, conflicts, and connections among neighboring cultures and often more distant regions as well.

Focusing particularly on works of literature that take the experience of the wider world as their theme, this course will explore the varied artistic modes in which great writers have situated themselves in the world, helping us to understand the deep roots of today's intertwined global cultures.

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Training content

  • Section 1:Goethe and the Birth of World Literature
  • Section 2:The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Section 3: Homer,The Odyssey
  • Section 4:The 1001 Nights
  • Section 5: Murasaki Shikibu,The Tale of Genji
  • Section 6:The Lusiads
  • Section 7: Voltaire,Candide
  • Section 8:Lu Xun and Eileen Chang
  • Section 9: Jorge Luis Borges,Ficciones
  • Section 10:Wole Soyinka,Death and the King's Horseman
  • Section 11:Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Section 12: Orhan Pamuk,My Name is Red

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Harvard University, a partner institute of EdX.

5-7 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • The history of World Literature
  • How literary works and books are transformed by cultural transmission
  • How to critically analyze literary works
  • The significance of major technological advances in writing

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