Help! I spent most of my life reading dead, white, often-American males, and now I find myself teaching a class in world literature. Only you can prevent me from teaching The Odyssey again
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.
What have you read? What did you like? If there is something missing from my list, please help me add it. Thanks.
Coming of Age with Elephants by Joyce Poole
Waiting for the Rain by Shelia Gordon
Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
East Asia and the Pacific:
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)
The Book of Medicines by Linda Hogan
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda
Selected Poems by Gabriela Mistral