ENGL 2111/Fall 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas

Welcome to ENGL 2111: World Literature 1.

These fall 2020 sections of ENGL 2111 (CRNs 80701 and 80702) will consider the earliest expressions of western literature in a hybrid-online format. We will closely read a small sampling of foundational texts and consider their continued relevance to our contemporary world.

Read my welcome message, or just continue below.


The document you’re reading is your syllabus. Everything you need for this class is on this page and linked off of it. Bookmark it now and return here if you get lost or confused.[1] Use the tabs above to navigate to the various sections of the syllabus.[2]

Relevant Links
For a head start on how to approach all work in this course, see “How to Do Well in My Class” and “Research & Response.”

Before you begin, take a moment and familiarize yourself with the general resources I have for students. All of these may be found in the “For Students” menu at the top of the page, or you can just begin on the student start page. These pages are designed to help you succeed in this class. While you may not read everything, you should know what’s available if you need it.

Please read this document and those it links to carefully at the beginning of the semester. There is much information to process, and it can be somewhat daunting — especially if you read cursorily. If you are confused, do your best to work through it by (re)reading this document carefully and completely, searching this site, or consulting the FAQ. I promise, there is an answer to your question. If all else fails, you may contact me. Trust yourself to follow directions and find the answers. Be careful and deliberate.

Hybrid Online

This course is designated as a hybrid-online, meaning that up to 50% of content may be delivered out of the classroom. Courses with even a small online component ask more of the students than fully face-to-face courses. Students should be comfortable with working on their own, be confident in their ability to take risks and try new approaches, be amenable to learning from their mistakes, and have a basic Internet literacy. Please enter with an open mind. If you’re curious to know more, you might want to read my teaching philosophy and peruse the articles under HackEdu.


As our lives are still in flux because of the global pandemic, we must take reasonable measures to protect ourselves. I understand that a little risk might be necessary for higher education, but we must not let our desires for normalcy cloud our better judgement. My primary concern is my safety, your safety, and the safety of our reapective families. I have therefore designed this course to run as fully online if necessary. As the reality of this situation changes almost daily, we also must remain diligent, conscientious, flexible, and understanding.


  1. While you may certainly choose to print it—we will do our best to follow the schedule hereon—it may change during the course of the semester due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this occur, I will let you know in class and via an announcement on the class forum, but ultimately, this online document has the final say—not a printed one.
  2. You might, too, follow links by opening them in browser tabs—click the link by holding the ⌘ Command on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC—so you can easily return to where you left off.
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