New program perfect for Surrey campus

April 5, 2007

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A unique program in world literature debuts at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus in September.                                     

The undergraduate program will focus on novels, poetry and essays from around the world, says arts and social sciences faculty member Paulo Horta, who was instrumental in shaping the new program. "We'd like to tap into the extraordinary cosmopolitan and multicultural richness and potential of the Lower Mainland in general, and Surrey in particular."

The world literature courses begin in second year. Students in the first-year Explorations in the Arts and Social Sciences program at the Surrey campus receive priority registration. The program would also appeal to "anyone who is interested in books, language, travel, or who wants to compete in our increasingly globalized marketplace," Horta says. Teachers would find it helpful for preparing for the multicultural classroom, he says.

The world literature courses will be taught in English, and students will have opportunities to study other languages through elective courses, field schools, and international exchanges. Horta says the program differs from traditional comparative literature programs in that students will compare different traditions and literatures within the same courses, and investigate the creation and reception of literary texts across different traditions.

He says it's fitting that the program is offered at the Surrey campus as Surrey is one of the most dynamic, fastest-growing and diverse municipalities in Canada. "It is an ideal venue for such cross-cultural learning and exchange."

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