Introduction to Global Literature

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 130

       Course Name: Introduction to Global Literature

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces students to literature in English by writers from countries, cultures or regions outside of the United States and Britain, such as Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle-East and/or Latin America. Content includes social, historical, and cultural contexts of literary works; relationship of these writers to literary traditions; terminology and methods of literary analysis and evaluation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Identify some important works, periods and genres of global literature;
  2. Explain some of the distinctive conventions of global literature, and the conventions specific to each author, work, region and period covered;
  3. Discuss and debate multiple interpretations of texts by applying the methods of shared inquiry;
  4. Engage in close readings of texts as support for literary interpretation in classroom discussion and written assignments;
  5. Delineate the social, intellectual, cultural, and historical influences specific to each author and region;
  6. Interpret the formal elements of these works, using appropriate literary terminology;
  7. Distinguish and apply multiple critical approaches to the analysis of literary texts.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Readings may be organized thematically, chronologically or according to culture. A thematic organization would group texts according to themes, such as gender, death, war, identity. A chronological organization would emphasize historical development of particular global literatures, for example, from the colonial to the postcolonial period. A culture specific organization would group writers of particular cultures/regions into units, for example, Asian, South Asian, African.

Sample outline by culture:

Week #1:
Introduction to Global literature as part of the humanities, to the course objectives and to principles of literary analysis. Discussion of distinctive characteristics of global literature and the importance of national and international contexts.

Weeks #2 through #6:
South Asian literature: writers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh

Weeks #7 through #11
Caribbean Literature: Writers from Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Lucia

Weeks #12 through #16:
African literature: writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa

Sample chronological outline:

Week #1:
Introduction to Global Literature as part of the humanities, to the course objectives and principles of literary analysis. Discussion of distinctive characteristics of Global Literature and the importance of national and international contexts

Week #2 through #9:
Literature from the Colonial Era

  1. Indian writers
  2. Caribbean writers
  3. African writers

Weeks #10 through #16
Postcolonial Literature

  1. Indian writers
  2. Caribbean writers
  3. African writers

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be conducted through lectures, discussion, readings, and the supplementary use of other appropriate media such as films, records, etc.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, oral presentations, and testing. A minimum of three critical essays of at least 750 words each.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Novels, short stories, poetry and/or drama; Films, audiovisual materials and/or guest lectures may be used when appropriate. Possible anthologies include:

Global Voices: Contemporary Literature from the Non-Western World (Prentice Hall), Eds. Arthur W. Biddle and Gloria Bien.

Colonial and Postcolonial Fiction (Garland), Robert L. Ross, ed.

Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology (Routledge), ed. Helen Gilbert

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A minimum of three critical essays of at least 750 words each, written outside of class. In addition to exams and written/oral assignments, students will be evaluated on their active  and prepared participation in class discussions and other projects.

Possible breakdown:
Midterm 25%
Final 25%
Formal essays 25%
Quizzes, other assignments, attendance 25%

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance policy

For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.