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ENGL 274 - World Literature II - Dr. Chase Dimock

Course:World Literature II
Professor:Dr. Chase Dimock
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Dr. Chase Dimock and Kiana

Welcome to ENGL 274, World Literature 2 ! I am Dr. Chase Dimock and I will be the professor. My dog Kiana will be the Teaching Assistant. This is my 7th year as a full time professor at College of the Canyons. Before coming here, I taught at colleges and universities across the country in Florida, Missouri, and Illinois where I received my PhD in Comparative Literature (hence the University of Illinois shirt!). I was born and raised in the valley and I value the opportunity to give back to the community that gave me so much. Let me get you acquainted with the objectives and expectations of my course.

World Literature is both my specialty and my passion and I cannot wait to share my favorite stories and poems from around the globe!

Course Description

World Literature II spans the literature of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America from the 17th century to present day. The goal of the course is to provide a wide-reaching survey of how significant authors from around the world responded to global events and issues and how their ideas influenced our understanding of world history. This course emphasizes a comparative and transnational approach toward literary studies, meaning that we will focus on how the literary and cultural traditions of many nations contribute unique perspectives on universal themes.


As we will see, events like colonization, global conflicts, the development of new technologies, and the growth of trade into a world-wide network profoundly changed international cultures. The literary works we will read will demonstrate how literature in this period was not produced in a hermetically sealed environment, but that it instead reflects international links that deeply influenced global tradition and thought.


We will also focus attention on the idea of modernization. This term refers to the rapid acceleration of cultural, political, and economic change in the 19th and 20th centuries. For many living in this time period, modernization meant progress through technology, science, and social advances. Yet for others, living under colonial rule or in nations that treated citizens unequally, modernization meant exploitation and subjugation to fuel the engine of progress. The literature of this course will demonstrate the effects that modernization had on the literary craft and how modern writers chronicled the changing world around them.


What to Expect in this Course

Although we will cover hundreds of years of literature from around the world, I will make the reading load manageable and comparable to other literature courses at COC. Over the course of the semester, we will write weekly responses and post to discussion boards about the readings. We will also submit two papers and take a final exam. In your written assignments, you will be free to express your perspectives and interpretations of the literature and contribute to our class discussion. My goal is to help you understand the important historical and cultural context of these texts so that you can get the most our of your reading and see how these masterpieces of World Literature shaped history and continue to enlighten us with their wisdom.

Types of Assessments

Essays, Exams, Reader Response Journals, Discussion Boards

Textbook Information

There are two required books:

- The Norton Anthology of World Literature Shorter Fourth Edition Vol 2 9780393602883

- Persepolis  By Marjane Satrapi  9780375714573


Other Relevant Course Information

My Commitment to Student Success

As your professor, my top priority is your success as a student. I understand that all of you enter the classroom from diverse backgrounds with your own sets of challenges and goals. My mission is to help you meet the challenges that the course presents and show you how to integrate the skills and content from class into aiding your broader goals as a student. I know that every student has unique talents and perspectives and it is my hope to provide a forum for you to showcase and develop them in a way that enriches the learning experience of your fellow students. 

I also realize that reading and writing can be difficult for many students and that people learn in different ways and at different paces. While I have to keep the course moving along at a predetermined schedule in order to meet our learning outcomes, I will do what I can to individualize my instruction to meet your needs. If you reach out to me with reasonable requests, I will do my best to meet you where you are. If you are having trouble with the material, or if other circumstances are affecting your studies, please let me help. 

My success as a professor is dependent on your success as a student. I need engaged, motivated, and thoughtful students for my class to become a great learning environment. When you give it your best effort, you in turn enable me to use my most effective teaching techniques. Together we can achieve our full potential in creating an exciting and enlightening learning experience.

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 05/17/2023 Sub#: 1579