Spring 2019 - WL 101W D100

Writing in World Literature (3)

Class Number: 5752

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    RCB 6125, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Melek Ortabasi
    1 778 782-8660



Explores literary texts from diverse linguistic and cultural origins while introducing students to the fundamentals of comparative literary analysis and critical writing. May examine cross-cultural interactions, or compare texts thematically. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Writing About Literature: Dystopian Worlds

How do we wish to live, ideally? How do we build our world in practice? The dystopian worlds that exist in literature can help us understand the communal identities we have created for ourselves in reality. Through the discussion of texts from various cultural backgrounds, we will discover the diverse ways in which dystopian narrative allows us to explore, challenge and reformulate ideas of human society -- present, past, and future. While we discuss notions of real and fictional dystopias as they appear in the texts on our syllabus, we will focus on developing and improving your critical essay-writing skills. Through in-class debate, peer collaboration and writing exercises, we will work towards creating polished comparative essays in which you analyze our readings.


  • Close read a literary text through the lens of critical analysis
  • Formulate an argument based on a literary text
  • Produce an organized comparative literary essay
  • Understand how narrative can be used to explore concepts of human society


  • Essay 1 15%
  • Essay 2 20%
  • Essay 3 25%
  • Peer Grade 5%
  • Grammar Quizzes 5%
  • 1-page response papers (4) 20%
  • Participation 10%



Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. Vintage Canada, 2007.
ISBN: 978-0307356543

Nakazawa, Keiji. Trans. Project Gen. Barefoot Gen, Vol. 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima. Last Gasp, 2004.
ISBN: 978-0867196023

Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Maus I). Pantheon, 1986.
ISBN: 978-0394747231

Tawada, Yôko. Trans. Margaret Mitsutani. The Emissary. New Directions, 2018.
ISBN: 978-0811227629

Zamyatin, Yevgeny. Trans. Natasha Randall. We. Modern Library, 2006.
ISBN: 978-0812974621

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