ENGL 2111

From Gerald R. Lucas

World Literature 1

World Literature I focuses on textual studies of the major genres of this period, epic and tragedy, how those genres influenced later literary works, and how they portray “humanist” issues throughout the Greek and Roman national literary traditions and beyond.

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ENGL 2111 demonstrates the continued relevance of ancient works in understanding ourselves as “humans.” Major works covered will include Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and works by Sophocles, Euripides, and Ovid. Since any survey course has much more literature than one semester-long class can cover, we will attempt to cover only a few works in as much detail as time allows, rather than many works only cursorily.


Term CRN Class Day and Time Room
Spring 2021 20503 ENGL 2111.21 Online ⚠️ -
21304 ENGL 2111.06 Second Session (Online ⚠️) -
Fall 2020 80701 ENGL 2111.03 MW 11-12:15 (H-OL ⚠️) TEB-231
80702 ENGL 2111.04 TR 11-12:15 (H-OL ⚠️) SoAL-222
Spring 2020 25677 ENGL 2111.11 MW 11-12:15 CoAS-210

Student Learning Outcomes

Students of any ENGL 2000-level literature survey (ENGL 2111, 2112, 2121, 2122, 2131, 2132, 2141 or 2142) will:

  • interpret and critically analyze texts (MGA General Education Learning Goal C),
  • communicate effectively, in a professional manner, in discussing or writing about works of literature in the given area/time period,
  • acquire knowledge of genres, literary and historical periods, and at least implicitly, basic approaches to literary theory,
  • engage in effective library research processes,
  • appreciate how literary works reflect the aesthetic qualities and cultural values inherent in literary works.