A taste of World Literature

To access some of the reading selections I gave my World Literature college students (once upon a time), please check these links. Please feel free to send me a quick comment if an address does NOT work.  [Last link review was completed on 2018-11-08.]

African Literature

1. “Black Woman” by Leopold Sedhar Senghor

2. “Telephone Conversation” by Wole Soyinka

3. “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off” by Nadine Gordimer

4. “The Ring” by Isak Dinesen

Asian Literature

1. “August River” by Pak Tu-Jin

2. “The Taximan’s Story” by Catherine Lim

3. Basho’s Haikus

4. “The Moon and the Fortified Pass” by Li Po

5. “My Old Home” by Lu Xun

6. “The Origin of All Things” (Book 10, Hymn 129) from the Rig Veda

7. “Thoughts of Hanoi” by Nguyen Thi Vinh

Australian Literature

1. “A Dill Pickle” by Katherine Mansfield

2. “Gallipoli Peninsula” by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

3. “We are Going” by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

European Literature

1. “Araby” by James Joyce

2. “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo

3. “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

4. Sonnet 43 – “How do I love thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

5. “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

6. “The Erl-King” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7. “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles

8. “Troilus and Cressida” by William Shakespeare

9. Sonnet 116 – “Let me not to te marriage of true minds” by William Shakespeare

Latin American Literature

1. “A Letter to God” by Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes

2. “I Have” by Nicolas Guillen

3. “The United Fruit Company” by Pablo Neruda

Middle Eastern Literature

1.  “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

2. “The Passover Guest” by Sholom Aleichem

3. “Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam

North American Literature

1. “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro

2. Audio-Visual of “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

3. “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

4. “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe

5. J. 435 by Emily Dickinson (may have been written in 1862, published in 1890)

Much madness is divinest Sense–
To a discerning Eye—
Much Sense–the starkest Madness—
‘Tis the Majority—
In this, as All, prevail—
Assent–and you are sane—
Demur–you’re straightway dangerous—
And handled with a Chain–


  1. Mary Louise says:

    Miss, can I ask for your email address? 🙂

    1. JellSoL says:

      I am sending you an email. (^_^)

  2. robi says:

    hi Maam!!!!! i am happy to visit this site again… how are you? are you teaching right now in other schools? hehehehee….. I am just asking maam. I just miss the moments in our Literature class with you..

    1. JellSoL says:

      I miss you, too. Please send me an email, dear child.

  3. Johnelyn says:

    I’m so happy visiting this page again 🙂 Thank you for sharing these links, so helpful for our Literature class!!!

    1. JellSoL says:

      Happy to be of help. How are things going? Please send me an email. 🙂

  4. Lavinia Fernandez says:

    Hi miss! 🙂 I find this blog/website very helpful even after graduation. I am looking for some stories and poems we’ve discussed in our class and I’m glad all of them are still here. 🙂 Thanks, Miss! :))


    1. JellSoL says:

      I am happy to hear from you again. I am also happy that this site has been useful to you.

  5. Iyaz says:

    Ms. We’ve learned a lot from you! We are so glad that our lives crossed. :)… Thank you for being a good and wonderful Professor!

    1. JellSoL says:

      The whole semester was an eye-opener. I’m glad to have been of help. Keep on reading and stay safe.

  6. robi says:

    nice stories

    1. JellSoL says:

      They should remind you of “those reading days,” Robi.

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