Introduction to World Literature I
(AY 2022/2023, Semester 1)

Download course syllabus here: Intro to World Lit 1 syllabus.pdf 

Week 1. Introduction

Why study Literature?

What is World Literature?

Lecture notes: W1. Introduction.pptx

PDF of Kipling, "The White Man's Burden": kipling. white man's burden.pdf

Week 2. Understanding the poem

Reading: Kipling, "The White Man's Burden"

Lecture notes: W2. Understanding the poem.pptx

Voice recording: W2. WL understanding the poem.mp3

Week 3. Colonial Texts: The 1898 Spanish-American War

Reading: Kipling, "The White Man's Burden"

Lecture notes: W3. 1898 Spanish-American War.pptx

Voice recording: W3. 1898 Spanish-American War.mp3

Week 4. The "civilising mission" I

Reading: Kipling, "The White Man's Burden"

Lecture notes: W4. Civilising mission.pptx

Voice recording: W4. Civilising mission.mp3

Week 5. The "civilising mission" II

Reading: Kipling, "The White Man's Burden"

Lecture notes: W5. Civilising mission.pptx

PDF of Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress": conrad. an outpost of progress.pdf

Voice recording: W5. White Man's Burden.mp3

Week 6. Plot: Part I

Reading: Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress"

Lecture notes: W6. Plot part 1.pptx

Voice recording: Outpostof Progress part 1.mp3

Week 7. Plot: Part II

Reading: Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress"

Lecture notes: W7. Plot part 2.pptx

Assignment 1 due

(Assignment 1 instructions.pdf)

Week 8. Slavery and ivory

Reading: Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress"

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Week 9. Assignment 1 feedback and writing workshop

Post-assignment peer review

Week 10. Ambiguity

Reading: Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress"

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Week 11. Ironizing the "civilising mission" I

Reading: Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress"

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Week 12. Ironizing the "civilising mission" II

Reading: Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress:

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Week 13. Conclusion

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Assignment 2 due

(Assignment 2 instructions.pdf)

Week 14. Assignment 2 feedback

Student consultation sessions