Thursday, September 2, 2010

Creating a World Literature Course for My High Schoolers....Can you help?

I am creating a World Lit course for a sophomore and is in place of British Literature....because they have read way too much British Lit to need a course.  :)

Below, you will find the definitions that I have found regarding World Lit......and then countries listed with some of the famous literature from that country.

I am looking for help in several ways:

Could you please tell me if they should NOT read any of these books, for whatever reason, for their age?

Could you please tell me what books I am missing?

Could you please help me fill in the missing countries?

You will find ancient literature missing because we cover it when we study ancient history.

Thanks so much! And then, with your help, this will be sitting here waiting for anyone else who needs it. :)


Definition of WORLD LITERATURE: Literature originally written in a language other than English or a book written in English about another culture outside of America or Britain.

While it would be generally assumed that America and Britain were part of the world, per se, there are already courses specifically geared to cover American and British literature.


Animal Farm by George Orwell

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Father and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness D ‘Orczy

The Song of Roland by ?

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Paternak

Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

Night by Elie Weisel


The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

The Divine Comedy by Dante

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi


Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter

The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Tolkien

The Fairie Queen by Spenser

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(These are added because they have not read these British Literature choices yet.)

El Cid by Racine

Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes

Works of Saint John of the Cross

Works of Saint Teresa of Avila


The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck


The Thousand and One Nights by (young version?)

I need to choose a version.



Poetry of Africa

My House by Nikki Giovanni
Rashomon by Akutagawa Ryunosuke
(Hoping a cousin might chime in on this book or any other recommendation?)
Kim by Rudyard Kipling

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Exodus by Leon Uris




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