Great Works of Literature II

A Reader

by Catherine Keohane

Great Works of Literature II invites you to explore texts written by authors around the world from 1650 to the present. This reader collects and links to texts we’ll be exploring this semester. The Manifold platform will also allow us to engage in social annotation, sharing comments, questions, and ideas within the readings.

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19th-century illustration of a scene in "The Bookworm", a short story by Pu Songling in Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio

Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Course Readings

Week of Sept. 27

For Mon., Sept. 27

“The Walk” by Kamila Shamsie (2020). Alternative source

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, chapters 2 and 4 by Mary Seacole (1857)

Week of Sept. 20

For Mon., Sep. 20

“Miracles for Sale” by Tawfiq al-Hakim (1967)

“Horror Story” by Carmen Maria Machado (2015)

For Wed., Sep. 22

A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1722)

Week of Sept. 13

For Mon., Sep. 13

“Dead Men’s Path” by Chinua Achebe (1953)

“Miracles for Sale” by Tawfiq al-Hakim (1967)

Week of Aug. 30

For Mon., Aug. 30

“The Young Gentleman Who Couldn’t Spell” by Songling Pu (written by 1679, published 1740)

“The Reed-Choked House” by Ueda Akinari (1776)

For Wed., Sep. 1

“Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti (1862)

Wed., Aug. 25

“On Imagination” by Phillis Wheatley (1773)


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