The University of Massachusetts Amherst

"World Literature in English": English 144 (GenEd ALDG) Fall 2019

Students will live in Van Meter Hall in the Central residential area.

Read what Fall 2019 instructor, Patricia Matthews has to say about the course: 

Is all literature World Literature? What does it mean for some writers and literary works to be labeled, marketed, and taught as World Literature and not others? Is it really so clear today what isn't World Literature? When we talk about World Literature are we talking about a body of texts--are some works more "worldly" than others?--or simply a perspective or way thinking that we bring to our reading of literature? Can World Literature help us to understand and transform the increasingly connected world we live in, or might we be wise to remain somewhat skeptical of its promises?

In this course, we will explore these questions by reading a selection of contemporary works--short stories, poems, essays, and novels--written in English and which, for various reasons, have been designated as "World Literature." Authors may include: Kamila Shamsie, NoViolet Bulawayo, Arundhati Roy, JM Coetzee, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mohsin Hamid, Chibundu Onuzo, Zadie Smith, Marlon James, Bhanu Kapil, Oona Frawley, and Dionne Brand.

Literary Perspectives RAP