World Literature

Dr. Ramenga Mtaali Osotsi, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6560
E-mail: osotsirm@jmu.edu

The minor in world literature gives students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of and experiences in different cultures of the world by examining the literatures of these cultures. By exploring various literary traditions, students will better understand how literature reflects culture and deepens their appreciation for the diversity of global cultures. The minimum requirement for a minor in world literature is 21 credits with at least nine credit hours drawn from course work from each department.

The program is sponsored jointly by the Department of English and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. World literature courses offered by the English department, designated by “WL” in the course schedule, study different non-English language-literatures and non-Western language-literatures. No prior foreign language training is assumed or required.

All texts and instruction for courses from the Department of English and for 200-level and 400-level courses from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures are in English. All other courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures are taught in the target language, allowing students to study literature in the original language.

When designing their plan of study, students should note that the gateway course and one 200-level course in foreign languages and literatures can count toward general education or major requirements, but no other courses in the minor program can. Students must take course work from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures component in two or more language-literatures (e.g., French and Spanish or German and Russian). The program coordinator and the head of each of the sponsoring departments will have a list of world literature courses at the time of registration. Students should consult the program coordinator about new courses and appropriateness of topics of special studies/special topics courses.

Some of these courses may include several sections per term (e.g., GHUM 200. Great Works) and only those sections indicated in the Registration and Student Record Services Handbook as having World Literature content will satisfy the world literature requirement.

Minor Requirements Credit

Courses Hours

GENG 239. Studies in World Literature 3

Choose one of the following: 3

ENG 299. Writing About Literature

GHUM 200. Great Works

Choose one of the following: 3

CLAS 265. The Individual and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome

CLAS 266. Greek and Roman Classics in Translation

FL 267. Literature of Opera in Translation

FR 266. French Literature in Translation II

GER 265. German Literature of the 18th and 19 th Centuries in Translation

GER 266. Contemporary German Literature in Translation

RUS 265. Russian Literature in Translation I

RUS 266. Russian Literature in Translation II

Choose two of the following: 6

ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and Language

ENG 305. Mythology

ENG 306. The Bible as Literature

ENG 331. Modern Poetry

ENG 332. Contemporary Poetry

ENG 333. Modern Drama

ENG 334. Contemporary Drama

ENG 358. Oral Literature

ENG 361. African American Fiction Writers

ENG 362. African American Poets

ENG 367. Women’s Poetry

ENG 368. Women’s Fiction

ENG 381. Introduction to Film to 1960

ENG 384. Major Film Directors

ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar

ENG 425. Survey of Literary Criticism to 1950

ENG 426. Contemporary Practices in Literary Criticism

ENG 430. Studies in Comparative Literature

ENG 431. Studies in Caribbean Literature

ENG 432. Studies in African Literature

ENG 433. Studies in Arabic Literature

ENG 466. Studies in Women’s Literature

ENG 467. Feminist Literary Theory

ENG 499. Honors in English

Choose two of the following: 6

CLAS 337. Human Values: The Classical Tradition

FL 446. Special Topics in Linguistics, Literature or Civilization

FL 499. Honors in Foreign Literatures

FR 335. Introduction to French Literature

FR 339. Survey of French Literature

FR 405. Nineteenth-Century French Literature

FR 420. Advanced Genre Study

FR 425. Twentieth-Century French Literature

FR 465. French Cinema 1930-1980

FR 490. Special Studies in French Literature

GER 405. Age of German Classicism

GER 415. German Romanticism and Realism

GER 446. Modern German Literature

GER 490. Special Studies in German Literature

ITAL 335. Introduction to Italian Literature

ITAL 425. Modern Italian Literature

ITAL 465. Italian Cinema

ITAL 490. Special Studies in Italian Literature

RUS 405. Russian Literature of the 19th Century

RUS 426. Russian Literature of the 20th Century

RUS 490. Special Studies in Russian Literature

SPAN 385. Latin American Drama and Short Stories

SPAN 405. Spanish Novels of the 19th and 20 th Centuries

SPAN 406. Spanish Drama of the 19th and 20 th Centuries

SPAN 415. Spanish-American Novel

SPAN 425. Prose of the Spanish Golden Age

SPAN 426. Drama of the Spanish Golden Age

SPAN 460. Post War Literature in Spanish

SPAN 490. Special Studies in Spanish Literature

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