Introduction to World Literature | Free Online Course | Alison
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Advanced Diploma in World Literature

Discover the context and relationships of world literature and delve into some of its key works in this free course.

Literature
Free Course
How would you define ‘world literature’? In this free course, you will understand the context for world literature and learn about its relationship with western European literature. Find out how to situate world literature in an academic context, and consider the emergence of a new paradigm for the study of literature and the inevitable link to globalization.
  • Duration

    20-30 Hours
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Mobile Friendly

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL
  • Accreditation

    CPD

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

The course starts with a glimpse of ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’, a poem from ancient Mesopotamia, and why it is generally understood as the first true work of world literature. You will learn the historical contexts in which different literary works have been written and the various genres they represent, ranging from poetry, drama and short stories to novels and essays. You will also study exciting emergent genres which do not fit into any conventional category.

The material will focus on different periods in literary traditions, looking at works written originally in English as well as texts translated from other languages into English. They will be canonical in nature and include diacritical approaches with which the learner would be more familiar, with such as conventional literary traditions and more familiar literary periods. The course will then talk about texts from less familiar literary traditions and will include works without a literary tradition at all.

This free online course will teach you to be critically aware of the literary assumptions in different literary cultures. This critical awareness skill will help you guard against certain limitations such as translators’ biases or the distance of a text in terms of time. You will also learn how to engage with a set of texts that introduce you to different cultures, from Asia to the Americas. Learning about these different traditions and epochs will help you achieve a good insight into a broader literary framework. This will help expand your mind and leave you with the necessary skills to assess other texts. This free online course will help you gain understanding of great works of world literature from a broad and interesting perspective.

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Modules

Great Epics of World Literature

The Translation Practice and The Postmodern Narrative

Poems from World Literature

Marriages, Tragedies and Questioning

Great Literary Works and Great Historical Moments

Aesthetics of Antiquity

Collective and Individual Memories

Poems and Magic Realism

The Wall and The Applicant

Literature to Claim

Bureaucracies

Great Authors and Great Stories

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:


  • Define 'world literature' and the historical context within which the term is placed
  • Describe the different dichotomies and ambivalences of linguistic communities in world literature
  • Analyze the relation between western European literature and the rest of the globe
  • Discuss how we begin defining 'national literature' and 'world literature'
  • Describe the kinds of canonical and non-canonical works
  • Explain the emergence of a new paradigm for the study of literature and its link to globalization. 
  • Describe the inherent political, economic and other kinds of dimensions of world literature
  • Analyse the historical and cultural context of specific texts
  • Analyze the inability of certain kinds of texts to cross over to another culture, language or region

Certification

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

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