Compact Anthology of World Literature

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

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-9407712-2-9

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Middle East, Near East, Greece

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

Chapter 2: China

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

Chapter 3: India

  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • The Mahabharata
  • The Râmâyana

Chapter 4: Rome

  • The Aeneid
  • Metamorphoses


About the Book

The introductions in this anthology are meant to be just that: a basic overview of what students need to know before they begin reading, with topics that students can research further. An open access literature textbook cannot be a history book at the same time, but history is the great companion of literature: The more history students know, the easier it is for them to interpret literature.

In an electronic age, with this text available to anyone with computer access around the world, it has never been more necessary to recognize and understand differences among nationalities and cultures. The literature in this anthology is foundational, in the sense that these works influenced the authors who followed them.

A word to the instructor: The texts have been chosen with the idea that they can be compared and contrasted, using common themes. Rather than numerous (and therefore often random) choices of texts from various periods, these selected works are meant to make both teaching and learning easier. While cultural expectations are not universal, many of the themes found in these works are.

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.