World Literature: Middle Ages to 17th Century


In this course, read some of the essential and extraordinary works of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and 17th century, including Dante's "Divine Comedy," Shakespeare's "King Lear," Cervantes's "Don Quixote," and Sor Juana's Mexican poetry. 


What you can learn.

  • Read works or selections by Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Petrarch, Erasmus, Castiglione, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Milton
  • Describe and evaluate the topics and issues each text addresses
  • Explain why topics/issues mattered to the authors of the texts we’re reading
  • Assess the topics/issues addressed: Are the topics relevant to your life? Do the topics matter to you?

About this course:

Study of world literature, with emphasis on Western civilization as it grapples with its past and with other civilizations. Examination of works such as Dante's "Divine Comedy," Cervantes' "Don Quixote," Shakespeare's "King Lear," and Sor Juana's Mexican poetry. Transferable for UC Credit. 

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