World Literature surveys the history of literature beginning with the Classics and ending with the Romantic period, and includes some investigation of non-Western traditions. Student will become familiar with fundamental texts from several literary canons towards gaining a basic aesthetical, historical and critical understanding of world literature. The course will be offered in a chronological sequence that emphasizes a cross-cultural perspective and may seek to relate the readings to developments in the visual arts when appropriate. Texts will be read to understand both their literary value within respective canons and the political, social, and economic structures of the cultures they represent. While it is not possible to study works from each national tradition, an attempt will be made to read attentively works that may include masterpieces from the west, the east, the middle east, and Africa.