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edX: Modern Masterpieces of World Literature

 with  David Damrosch and Martin Puchner

Based on the second half of the Masterpieces of World Literature edX MOOC, this short literature course examines how writers reach beyond national and linguistic boundaries as worldly readers and travelers, and how their modern fictions rise to the status of world literature.

These masterpieces of modern world literature take part in a tradition of weaving small stories into ambitious projects—one that reaches back to medieval tales and extends forward to contemporary novels. Throughout the course, you will learn how these writers use their fictions to engage directly with the political and social concerns of their present and of a globalized modernity, relating experiences of exploration, migration, international conflict, and cultural exchange.

Texts/authors considered in the course:

  • Goethe
  • The 1001 Nights
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Lu Xun and Eileen Chang
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones
  • Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Literature
Institution Harvard University
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $99 Certificate Available
Hours 3-6 hours a week
Calendar 8 weeks long

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