Since President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, Americans have become focused on the Nobel prizes. Here are lesson plans for reading 'around the world' with Nobel Prize for Literature Laureates. In middle school and especially in high school, use these lessons for world literature, history, world religions and world cultures classes.
I've made a list of some former winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. I have included Nobel Prize winners from around the world of all cultures. I recommend that students be assigned to choose a Nobel Prize winning author and read one or more of her works. If each students selects a different author, you can theoretically read your way around the globe as a class. Keep a large wall map with small Sticky Note arrows to point out the different places that the various Nobel Prize authors were born, lived and worked. I've arranged these authors in order from the present back to the inception of the Nobel Prize in 1903. As far as possible, I've tried to list volumes or works of literature for which these authors are best known.
2006:Turkey, Orhan Pamuk "The Black Book"
2004:Austria, Elfriede Jelnik "Lust"
2001:Trinidad, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul; "A House for Mr. Biswas"
2000:China - Gao Xingjian
1998:Portugal -Jose Saramago; Balthasar and Blimunda
1997: Italy - Dario Fo; The Pope and the Witch
1995: Ireland - Seamus Heaney; Bog Poems
Mexico - Octavio Paz; The Other Mexico
1989: Spain - Camilo Jose Cela, The Family of Pascual Duarte
1988: Egypt - Naguib Maufauz; Sugar Street
1986: Nigeria - Wole Soyinka, The Lion and the Jewel
1984: Jaroslav Siefert - Czechoslavakia: A Wreath of Poems
1982:Colombia - Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Leaf Storm and Other Stories
1979:Greece - Odysseus Elytis; The Sovereign Sun: Selected Poems
1971:Chile - Pablo Neruda; Twenty Poems
1968: Japan - YasunarI Kawabata; House of the Sleeping Beauties and Other Stories
1967: Guatemala - Miguel Angel Asturias; The Bejewelled Boy
1965: USSR (Russia and now sovereign states) - Mikhail Sholokov; Tales from the Don
1961:Yugoslavia - Ivo Andric; The Woman from Sarajevo
1957: France - Albert Camus; The Stranger
1955: Iceland - Halldor Laxness; Salka Valka
1944:Denmark - Johannes Jensen; Myths
1939: Finland - Hans Emil Silanpaa; The Maid Silja
1951: Sweden - Par Fabian Lagerkvist ; The Dwarf
1913: India - Rabindranath Tagore; Red Oleanders
1911:Belgium - Maurice Maeterlinck; The Life of the Bee
Use these lessons in your world literature class.