Fall 2019 - WL 200 D100

How to Do Things with World Literature (3)

Class Number: 1344

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 10921, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Melek Ortabasi
    1 778 782-8660
  • Prerequisites:

    six units in World Literature, including one W course.



Introduces major theoretical approaches to literature and fundamental techniques of literary analysis. Develops students' critical skills for analytical writing about literature in comparative, cross-cultural contexts.


In this course you will explore the various schools of modern literary criticism. You will become acquainted with the various ways in which scholars have tried to interpret literature, and will learn how to read texts using the tools they have developed. Readings include literary texts from all over the globe, read both comparatively and in the context of a textbook that will introduce you to various types of literary thought. Through this process, you will learn new ways of reading – and writing – about world literature.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:   

•  show in a sophisticated fashion how texts yield a variety of readings
• examine texts using a variety of critical terminology 
• explore the ethical assumptions behind your own critical position as a reader of texts and to negotiate with positions different from your own 
•  locate selected works in historical and cultural contexts


  • Attendance / Active Participation 10%
  • Reading question responses 10%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Final Exam 25%
  • 5-Page Case Analyses (total of two) 2 X 15 = 30%



Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Penguin Books, 2007.

Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. Dover, 1996.

Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide. 3rd. ed., 2015 (available online through SFU Library)

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