World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650

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Laura Getty, North Georgia College & State University
Kyounghye Kwon, University of North Georgia

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-1-9407713-2-8

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

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Reviewed by Jessica Tvordi, Associate Professor, Southern Utah University, on 8/3/2018.

For a compact anthology, this title is comprehensive in in coverage of world literature—from Ancient Greece and Rome, to Asia and India, to medieval … read more



Reviewed by Rachael Hammond, Lecturer, Shenandoah University, on 5/22/2018.

Creating a text such as this one could be daunting. The text is already separated into three pdf’s, so including more texts could become unwieldy at … read more



Reviewed by Aimee Barrios, Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University, on 6/21/2017.

The text covers an impressive range of materials, but the omission of Middle Eastern and African literature, especially The Arabian Nights, is … read more



Reviewed by Albrecht Classen, Univ. Distinguished Prof., University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

The scope of this textbook is huge, trying to cover the early history of literature in Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan, and China, extending … read more


Table of Contents

Middle East, Near East, Greece 

  • Hebrew Bible, “Genesis” and “Exodus” 
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh 
  • The Iliad and The Odyssey 
  • Medea 
  • Oedipus the king
  • The Apology of Socrates 


  • The Analects 
  • The Art of War 
  • The Book of Songs 
  • The Mother of Mencius 
  • The Zhuangzi 


  • The Bhagavad Gita 
  • The Mahabharata 
  • The Ramayana 


  • The Aeneid 
  • Metamorphoses 


About the Book

This peer-reviewed World Literature I anthology includes introductory text and images before each series of readings. Sections of the text are divided by time period in three parts: the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance, and then divided into chapters by location.

About the Contributors


Laura Getty is an English professor at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, GA. 

Kyounghye Kwon is an assistant professor in the English department at the University of North Georgia. She received her doctoral degree in English and her certificate in Theatre and Performance from The Ohio State University. Her teaching and research areas include world literature, postcolonial studies, Asian/Asian American studies, gender studies, and performance studies. Her current research focuses on how Korean traditional puppet theatre preserves, alters, and adapts Korea's pre-colonial/indigenous memory in its performance repertoires for contemporary audiences, with particular attention to indigenous memory, gender, and the changing nature of the audience. She is co-editor of Compact Anthology of World Literature (UNGP, 2015), an open access textbook funded by a Complete College Georgia Grant. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Asian Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Pinter Et Cetera, and Text & Presentation.