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World Literature | Part 2


World Literature Part 2 is a 517 page .pdf book of compiled literature from around the world.

Part 1 is entitled: The Middle Ages and includes: 
–The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
– The Parliament of Birds and The Canterbury Tales
– The Decameron
– The Divine Comedy: Inferno
– The Song of Roland
– The Lais of Marie de France
– Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart
– The song of the Cid
– The Travel of Marco Polo
From the Middle East:
– The Rose Garden (Golestan or Gulistan)
– The Quran
– Divani Shamsi Tabriz and Masnavi
– Shahnameh
– The Thousand and One Nights
– Autobiography of Usamah Ibn Munqidh
From China:
– Selected Poems
– The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
From Japan:
– Noh Plays
– Pillow Book
– The Tale of Genji
From South Asia:
– Tukaram’s Selected Poems

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Please note – This literature textbook has literary works only and does not contain lesson plans, worksheets, answer keys, etc. However, the introduction of each section will have questions for students to ponder.
For example, here are the questions from the main introduction:

For students: The works in this section are meant to be compared and contrasted. Consider the following questions while reading:

  • What is the definition of a hero for each society, and why? How do the heroes in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms compare to the heroes in the Shahname and the Song of the Cid? How are they similar to or dif- ferent from earlier epic heroes?
  • What is the definition of a leader for each society, and why? How is it/isn’t it different from the definition of a hero? How is leadership in the Golestan different from leadership in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms?
  • What role does romantic love play in the medieval period? How are the romantic relationships in the works of Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Marie de France different from the romantic relationships in the Shahname and the Tale of Genji?

The texts also can be compared and contrasted with earlier time periods:

  • In what ways have the depictions of women changed from the ancient world to the medieval period?
  • How is an ancient world warrior different from and similar to a medieval knight?
  • How has the role of religion in these societies changed, especially where pantheons of gods have been re- placed by monotheism in its various forms?
  • How do Li Bo’s poems continue and develop themes in earlier Chinese poetry? How are they similar to and different from the Korean sijo in this section?

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