Free Online Course on Masterpieces of World Literature

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Harvard University is offering free online course on Masterpieces of World Literature. This literature course explores how great writers refract their world and how their works are transformed when they intervene in our global cultural landscape today.

In this twelve-week course, applicants will embark on a global journey to explore the past, present, and future of World Literature. The course will start on March 1, 2017

Course At A Glance

Length: 12 weeks
Effort:  5-7 hours per week
Subject: Literature
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on March 1, 2017

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

About This Course

This literature course explores how great writers refract their world and how their works are transformed when they intervene in our global cultural landscape today.

No national literature has ever grown up in isolation from the cultures around it; from the earliest periods, great works of literature have probed the tensions, conflicts, and connections among neighboring cultures and often more distant regions as well.

Focusing particularly on works of literature that take the experience of the wider world as their theme, this course will explore the varied artistic modes in which great writers have situated themselves in the world, helping us to understand the deep roots of today’s intertwined global cultures.

Learning Outcomes

  • The history of World Literature
  • How literary works and books are transformed by cultural transmission
  • How to critically analyze literary works
  • The significance of major technological advances in writing

Instructors

David Damrosch

Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Harvard University

Martin Puchner

Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Requirements

None

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