San Diego Mesa College World Literature Program
The World Literature Program at San
Diego Mesa College offers classes for transfer credit and personal
Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE - 1600 CE, also known as English 220, is a survey of world literature in translation, from the ancient world through the European renaissance (approximately 2150 BCE - 1600 CE), including the established classic literature of the Near East, Tibet, Greece and Rome, India, China, Japan, Africa, the Islamic world, and Europe. Students read and discuss a variety of authors from these regions, and address relevant social, cultural, and religious issues. Students critically analyze, in essays and papers, specific authors, works, themes, and other topics as assigned. This course is intended for English majors and anyone interested in World Literature.
Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 - Present, also known as English 221, is a survey of world literature in translation, from the close of the European renaissance through the present time, including the literature of Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Africa and the Islamic world. Students read and discuss a variety of authors from these regions, and address relevant social, religious, and cultural issues. Students critically analyze, in essays and papers, specific authors, works, themes, and other topics as assigned. This course satisfies requirements for the major in English as well as general education and humanities requirements. This course is intended for English majors and anyone interested in World Literature.
Scott T. Starbuck, World Literature Coordinator and Co-Creative Writing
San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
Scott T. Starbuck, World Literature Coordinator and Co-Creative Writing Coordinator
Personal Statement: As a student of World Literature, your community includes all past, present, and future beings, in all directions across the entire universe. You are not limited by narrow visions, egos, and/or political powers of history's delusional leaders. Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe said “Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit -- in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever.” In a related matter, The Tibetan Book of the Dead explores a kind of "freedom through hearing" as well as the "Geography of Confusion" and "Geography of Awake." Regarding poetry, in the words of XJ Kennedy, you will "stand up on your hind legs and sass [or celebrate with] the universe" by exploring the greatest poets of all time such as Rumi, Kabir, and T'ao Ch'ien. Regarding fiction, you will learn, in the words of Noble Prize Winner Gabriel García Márquez, how “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Regarding drama, you will learn, as Creon said in Sophocles' play Oedipus, "Time is the one incorruptible judge." Highlights of Eng, 220 World Literature I, include exploration of Taoism, Rabi'a, The New Testament, Augustine's sex addiction as explored through Joseph Campbell's study of the Hindu chakra system, parallels between Gilgamesh and Genesis, understanding Tiresias through a video in which Carl Jung explains the intuitive introvert, and understanding Chuang Chou, in part, through Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Highlights of Eng 221, World Literature II, include a videotaped Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Moliere's play Tartuffe, learning through Leslie Marmon Silko how the ancient Native American legend of "Yellow Woman" manifests in modern clothing, writing your own version of Swift's famous satire "A Modest Proposal" (in which, to prevent hunger, babies are used for gloves and stew), and parallels between Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and the modern workplace.
Wendy SmithWendy L. Smith received her B.A. from UCSD and her M.A. from SDSU. She teaches all levels of composition, various literature courses, and creative writing. She works to promote intelligence, empathy, curiosity, and creativity in her students.
Personal Statement: "And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -Anais Nin
Personal Statement: Let's paraphrase Kerouac's line and expand the scope: If anything is timeless and universal, it's a story too good not to tell.
Tracey Walker received her B.A. and M.A. from San Diego State University. Her interests include pop culture, women’s fiction, music, movies, traveling, trying to speak languages other than English, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Personal Statement: "For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other." Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed