Influential Literature Around the World
January 4, 2013 9:44 PM Subscribe
Would you please inform me as to which literary works and/or authors have been most influentual upon and/or read by students before leaving secondary school, by country and/or region?
posted by slowlikemolasses to Writing & Language (23 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've created a speculative partial list I'd greatly appreciate help in expanding and correcting. Viz.:
USA: The Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, 1984, The Great Gatsby, &c.; Ireland: Joyce(?) (is there a short story or section of his work that is commonly used as an introduction?); England: 1984(?) (who is more likely to read 1984, a Brit or an American?); Scotland: Stevenson(?); France: The Stranger(?); Germany: Goethe(?), Kafka(?); Algeria: The Stranger(?); Italy: Dante(?); Russia: War and Peace, Gogol(?); China: Confucius(?) (Confucian saying must permeate Chinese society, but which of his texts is the first that is studied as such?); the Arab world: Arabian Nights(?) (I've read that AN is not particularly well-regarded, but is it studied at all?); Japan: Murakami(?); the Persian-speaking world: Rubáiyàt of Omar Khayyám(?); Bangladesh: Nazrul(?); the Czech Republic: Hus(?); Latin America: Don Quixote(?), Borges(?), Márquez(?); Brazil: Coelho(?).