Fall 2020 - WL 101W D100

Writing in World Literature (3)

Class Number: 7488

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2020
    3:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



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.


Food for Thought: Culinary Landscapes in World Literature

“Why do we so massively –and often so hungrily­– meditate on food, its history, its preparation, its stories, its vices and virtues?” Scholar Susan Gilbert’s vital question –in relation to our own “foodie” culture– will act as a springboard to analyze literary texts from various cultural backgrounds which deal with diverse culinary traditions and our fascinatingly complex relationship with food. Food, although an obvious biological necessity, becomes a cultural/universal symbol for love or loss, individual as well as communal identity, gender roles and stereotypes, and much more. We will focus on these concepts relating to food as articulated in these texts through in-depth discussion, while focusing on honing your critical reading and writing skills by devoting time to brainstorming topics and editing your drafts in order to produce polished literary essays.

PLEASE NOTE: Prerecorded lectures will be made available through SFU Canvas. Students are expected to view them on their own time and prior to the synchronous portion of class, which will take place on Mondays from 3:00 PM-4:20 PM. Students must sign up for ONE of the online tutorial sessions: Mondays from 4:30 PM-5:20 PM or 5:30 PM-6:20 PM. Students are expected to participate via Zoom or Canvas Blackboard for the tutorials


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

  • Read a literary text through the lens of critical analysis
  • Formulate an argument based on a literary text
  • Produce an organized literary essay
  • Articulate ideas about food as cultural signifier in relation to literary texts from around the world.


  • Attendance and Participation 10%
  • Weekly Responses to Reading 10%
  • Essay #1 (5 pages) 20%
  • Essay #2 written proposal (1 page) 5%
  • Essay #2 and re-write (8 pages) (2 x 15%) 30%
  • Final Exam 25%



Amado, Jorge. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (selected chapters)
ISBN: 978-0307276643

Wah, Fred. Diamond Grill.
ISBN: 978-1897126110

Esquivel, Laura. Like Water for Chocolate.
ISBN: 978-0385420174

Tabucchi, Antonio. Requiem: A Hallucination
ISBN: 978-0811215176

(Additional material will be made available by the instructor.)

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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