Mandatory Reading List for English 301: Non-Western Literature

Instructor: Matt McClintock
A portion of your final grade for English 301 will be based on essays that ask you to address concepts from notable works in non-Western literature. In order to write your essays, you are required to read a portion of the texts listed below. Read on for details about your choice of readings for the major types of literature.

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For this course, you are required to read the following works that are representative of different types of non-Western literature. Before you complete your proctored final, you will be required to submit three essays that will ask you to analyze various elements found in these readings. Completing this reading list is essential to success with these essays.

Many of the works on this list have been translated from their original language into English. You should be able to find each of them by searching based on the titles listed below, but they may look slightly different due to translation issues. We also recommend that you read these works as you reach the lessons relevant to them on the course outline. For example, you should wait to read any poems by African writers until you reach the chapter on African literature. Having the context from the lessons will help you understand and analyze these works.

Poetry - Please read each of the following poems:

  • The following poems by Mahmoud Darwish:
    • 'Diary of a Palestinian Wound'
    • 'Light rain in a distant autumn'
    • 'I see what I want'
    • 'Identity Card'
  • The following poems by Shaimaa al-Sabbagh:
    • 'A Letter to My Purse'
    • 'I am the Girl Banned from Christian Religion Classes'
  • Mengistu Lemma - 'Longing'
  • Leopold Senghor - 'Night in Sine '
  • Ingrid Jonker - 'The Child is Not Dead'
  • Ki no Tsurayuki - 'The Japanese Preface'
  • Ghalib - 'It Was Essential'
  • David Diop - 'Africa '

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