World Literature Texts
In World Literature, students will study eight full-length works of fiction and in the seventh module, significant selections from the The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader. Students who choose the Honors option will read eighteen texts over the course of two semesters. A brief chapter in the study guide provides instructions for the additional writing that will round out the honors grade.
Each of the World Literature texts below is linked to my preferred editions (here’s my criteria for a good edition) at Amazon. These are affiliate links, of course — that means I get a few cents from each book purchase, but it doesn’t change your cost at all. You can learn more about the entire curriculum at the Excellence in Literature curriculum home page.
Books for World Literature, English 5
Although these are my preferred editions of the World Literature texts, if you already own a different edition, you may use it as long as it is not abridged. The first book listed for each module is the Focus Text, and is the primary book that will be studied. The book or books listed as “Honors” are optional.
Module 1: The Odyssey by Homer
Honors: The Iliad by Homer
Module 2: Antigone by Sophocles
The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles’ Antigone by Seamus Heaney
Honors: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (included in the same volume as Antigone)
Module 3: The Aeneid by Virgil
Honors: Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch
Module 4: Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante
Honors: Paradiso and/or Purgatorio by Dante
OR Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
Module 5: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Honors: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Module 6: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Honors: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
OR Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Module 7: The Portable Nineteenth Century Russian Reader edited by George Gibian
Honors: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Module 8: Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Honors: Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis
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Additional Suggested Resources
Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers
The Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers is a reference book that includes instructions on how to construct logical arguments (theses), write essays, and work with grammar, punctuation, and style. 420 pages, paperback.
Evaluate Writing the Easy Way is another small resource that can help you learn how to evaluate your student’s work.