Summer 2015 - WL 100 C100

Introduction to World Literature (3)

Class Number: 3649

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 13, 2015
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby



Explores how texts resonate in other cultural contexts, influence foreign traditions, and become works of world literature. Breadth-Humanities.


World Literature explores how literary texts play out beyond their cultures of origin. This course will study the themes, symbols and characters that radiate throughout the ancient world into modern Europe, Africa, India and North America. These texts feature journeys, both literal and figurative, from one “world” into others. We will follow characters as they grope from one world’s value system into others. We will experience their perplexity before dilemma, their creative responses and their personal discoveries.

Course materials will include epic, drama, novel, lyric poetry, feature film and short story. We will watch a video stage production of Antigone and a film adaptation, Apocalypse Now, comparing literary representations with those of the visual arts. Throughout the course, we shall pay attention to how translation, intertextuality and various protocols of reading contribute to the still emerging sense of a richly diverse yet uniquely human world culture.

Students in this course can expect to hone their responses to literature in writing and through a creative project. Creativity, in fact, is a mantra for the course. Students will recognize literary creativity in the works we read, and will tap into their own creativity in class discussion and in their academic writing. Mastering the basics of critical reading, thinking and writing, students will gain a deeper appreciation for the role of literature in defining and exploring the dilemmas that make human life an ongoing process of discovery.


In this course you can expect to:
    - Hone your responses to literature in writing and through creative projects.
    - Learn to integrate creativity and analytical thinking in academic writing.
    - Master the basics of critical reading, thinking and writing.


  • Participation/Online Discussion 15%
  • First Paper (5 pages) 20%
  • Mid-term Creative Project and Two-page Rationale 15%
  • Final Paper (8-10 pages) 25%
  • Final Exam 25%


Delivery Method: 

Starting on the first day of classes, students are able to log in.

Important: There will be a number of Blackboard Collaborate orientation sessions in the first weeks of the term. Dates and times will be posted in Canvas.


Speakers and a microphone or a headset are required to use Blackboard Collaborate.

Student must complete ALL aspects of the course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses, and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N.

Tutorials will be held the first week of classes.

Students requiring accommodation as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities.

Students are responsible for following all exam policies and procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness) available here.



Additional Course Fee: $40

All Required Readings listed below are not provided by the Distance Education Office (CODE).

All required additional reading material (poetry packet for week 5 and a short story packet for week 13) will be available on the Canvas; they are also on reserve at the SFU Surrey Library.


The Odyssey (1st Ed.),  Knox & Fagles
ISBN: 9780140268867

The Complete Sophocles: VOL 1: Theban Plays, Burian & Shapiro
ISBN: 9780195388800

The Bombay Plays: The Matka King, Bombay Black, Irani
ISBN: 9780887545603

Heart of Darkness (2007), Conrad
ISBN: 9780141441672

Season of Migration to the North (1991.), Salih & Johnson-Davies
ISBN: 9780435909741

Registrar Notes:

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.