Spring 2022 - WL 101W D100

Writing in World Literature (3)

Class Number: 7434

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 10061, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCC 9000, 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.


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WL 101W – Writing in World Literature: The Short Story

Short prose fiction in the form of anecdotes, myths, parables, yarns and tales have been a part of human cultural heritage for probably as long as language itself. The short story as we know it today has a much briefer history, barely more than 200 years. This course will explore a range of frankly brilliant short stories from three continents with emphasis on discovering how learning to read literary texts is to wisdom what nourishment is to health. The course will provide students with a good background in understanding literary technique and the short story as an art form in its own right. Our approach will be to “close read” a range of short stories on themes such as: crime, love, mortality, and the preternatural. Critical texts will be few in number and commensurate with the norms of 100-level courses.


  • Understanding the short story as an art form
  • Analyzing literary texts by attending to formal and thematic cues
  • Formulating arguments based on textual analysis
  • Writing well organized critical essays
  • Expressing ideas and arguments orally


  • Essay 1 (5 pages) 15%
  • Essay 2 (8 pages) + rewrite (15% + 25%) 40%
  • Oral Report on Essay 2 10%
  • Final Exam 25%
  • Participation / Group work 10%



The Art of the Short Story. Editors: Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn. New York: Pearson, 1st edition (2005) ISBN-13: 978-0321363633

Selected texts provided by the instructor

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