I just finished teaching my first semester of world literature. We covered some familiar works–The Iliad, the Canterbury Tales, The Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as some less-taught pieces from central and southwest Asia. (Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book, for instance.) But now the second semester is approaching, we’re moving on to other far-flung parts of the world, and I need to know where to go. I’ve got a little time to read this winter, and I’m in good standing with the Memphis Public Library, so help me out!
Below are some works I might consider for teaching either in-class or as outside reading assignments. The students are in grades 11-12 and are of varied proficiencies.
Coming of Age with Elephants by Joyce Poole
Waiting for the Rain by Shelia Gordon
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
A Healing Family by Kenzaburo Oe
Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian-American Odyssey by Lydia Minatoya
Fire in the Sea: An Anthology of Poetry and Art (edited by Sue Cowing)