World literature at Simon Fraser University is a dynamic program for students interested in studying literature and culture as these are produced and spread from one place to another. The Program is located in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on the SFU Surrey campus. It is one of the first programs of its kind in the world.

Courses cover a broad spectrum of literary genres, historical periods and translated texts from regions such as Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Students in World Literature have the opportunity to study languages such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Spanish and more ... the language of instruction is English. Students are also encouraged to participate in an international exchange, field school or co-operative education work term to complement their degree.



"At once poetic and theatrical, The Bombay Plays pulse with grit, humour and despair. Anosh Irani makes an astonishing debut with these two plays. His voice is fierce, funny and wholly original."


Anosh Irani was born and brought up in Bombay, and moved to Vancouver in 1998.  He is the author of the novels The Cripple and His Talismans and The Song of Kahunsha, which was a finalist for CBC Radio's Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, was published in thirteen countries, and was a bestseller in Canada, China, and Italy.  His play Bombay Black won 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including for Outstanding New Play.  Irani was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for his anthology The Bombay PlaysThe Matka King & Bombay Black.  His latest novel, Dahanu Road, was long listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize.  He has written a feature length screenplay for director Irena Salina (Flow) and producer Leslie Holleran (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules).  His fiction has been translated into ten languages.  His non-fiction has appeared in the Globe and Mail and the New York Times.

As Writer-in-Residence for the Fall 2014 term, Anosh will have office hours for those who wish to have one-on-one time for a more personal consultation on their work, and as well, he will have a special reading on the evening of October 16th for the "Evening with Anosh" event. Please return for further details. He may also be visiting classrooms that have one or more of his books as required reading.

To further take advantage of Anosh' residency, World Literature is offering a course in which he will be the lecturer: WL 330-4 Special Topics: Writing for the Stage. This is a creative writing course which will help students develop the skills necessary for writing plays.

If you wish to register for this course but do not meet the pre-requisites, or if you have questions about the Writer-in-Residence program, please contact worldlit@sfu.ca.

Photos: 1) Anosh Irani  2-4) scenes from The Bombay Plays: The Matka Kings and Bombay Black


  • World Literature and The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (CCSMSC) welcomes internationally acclaimed author Dr. Angelika Neuwirth, to campus on Thursday, March 27 for a free public lecture. Further details here.



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250-13450 102nd Ave. Surrey, BC 
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We are located on Galleria 5 of SFU Surrey.

Email: worldlit@sfu.ca
Tel: 778 782-9384
Fax: 778 782-4712