Compact Anthology of World Literature

Dublin Core


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.


Laura Getty
Kyounghye Kwon


University of North Georgia Press


Cut Rita Zahara


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Laura Getty and Kyounghye Kwon, “Compact Anthology of World Literature,” Open Educational Resource (OER) , accessed April 14, 2021,

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