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Janice Campbell

High school students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about nine great works of literature from around the world.

† Contains distinctly Christian content


This challenging, self-directed course introduces students to world literature in a chronological historical, literary, and artistic context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis. Students will perform in-depth research throughout this advanced high school course.


By the end of the course, students will

  • possess a broad knowledge of significant works of world literature
  • have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the times and places studied
  • have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works
  • be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing
  • demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics
  • demonstrate competence in the MLA style of source documentation

Works studied in this course:

The Odyssey by Homer
Antigone by Sophocles
The Aeneid by Virgil
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen 
(Additional works are suggested throughout for those who wish to make this an honors course.)

Suggested prerequisites:





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Excellence in Literature: World Literature

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    Third Edition, February 2014

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    165 pages


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