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World Literature Overview - Chapter Summary
Learn about some of the most significant works and major historical eras of world literature by watching the online video lessons that you can locate in this chapter. You will find these lessons to be helpful study guides when learning about the literature of the world throughout human history.
The lessons will begin with an overview of world literature as a whole, and then teach you about the different literary periods starting from the dawn of civilization. At the end of the chapter, you will get lessons on a few highly significant works that serve as foundations for subsequent literature and literary developments. Topics you will learn about include:
- Major authors and works of world literature
- The influences, traits and famous works of pre-modern literature
- Literature of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries
- Some characteristics of modern world literature
- Epic literature such as the Epic of Gilgamesh
- Homer's The Odyssey
When watching these lessons, you can rely on the expertise of our experienced lesson instructors, who will be sure to go over every point relevant to these particular topics. Our lesson quizzes and chapter exam will help you determine if you have accurately understood the major points from the lessons.
1. World Literature: Major Authors & Works
World literature is writing that goes beyond borders to touch readers worldwide. This lesson will define world literature and give five examples of books that have had a lasting influence.
2. World Literature Written Pre-Modernity: Influences, Traits & Famous Works
Literature has flourished worldwide, even in the time before the historical modern era. In this lesson, you'll learn why some literature has lasted for thousands of years, and you'll look at three particular classics.
3. World Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries: Traits, Influences & Famous Works
From the 17th Century to the 19th Century, world literature saw some profound changes. In this lesson, you'll learn about the major trends in the literature of that era, and you'll see four examples of landmark works.
4. Modern World Literature: Characteristics & Influences
Modern world literature exists beyond the boundaries of writers' home countries. In this lesson, you'll learn how world literature is now different from the writing of the past, and you'll learn why those changes have been made.
5. The Epic of Gilgamesh
Witness the Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of adventure, love and friendship. This long poem will help us examine the hallmarks of civilization for a Sumerian and the importance of dreams. We'll also cover the Sumerian contributions to the epic form of literature.
6. The Odyssey: Greek Epic
This lecture provides a rough outline of the exploits of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem ''The Odyssey''. You'll learn plot details about this epic poem, in addition to hearing about how this important tale relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.
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