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Take a Harvard course in the world’s great literature for free


Online course takes you through the masterpieces of modern fiction.

We’ve said it before – it would be foolish not to take advantage of the wonderful selection of free courses now available online. At edX, you can now take a self-paced class on the “Masterpieces of World Literature” with Harvard University professors David Damrosch and Martin Puchner.

This short survey of modern world literature will cover the following texts and authors:

    • Goethe
    • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    • Homer, The Odyssey
    • The 1001 Nights
    • Voltaire, Candide
    • Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red
    • Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman
    • Lu Xun, Diary of a Madman
    • Eileen Chang
    • Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji
    • Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones
    • Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri
    • The Lusiads

This short video gives you a taste of what the course has to offer.

Register for free here.


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