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.


Inaugural WL Student Conference

April 2, 2015
SFU Burnaby Campus

To mark the move to Burnaby, we invite all undergraduates to take part in the first SFU World Literature Student Conference (WLSC). This event will be held on the Burnaby Mountain campus on Thursday April 2nd from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, and is followed by a year‐end gala for World Literature faculty, students and well‐wishers.

As well as giving students an opportunity to present and share scholarly work in the formal setting of an academic conference, this event will give students hands‐on experience in setting up and running an academic conference – from soliciitng and evaluating papers to organizing panels. We hope that students from all four undergraduate year levels of the Program will participate, as well as students taking World Literature courses regardless of their program affiliation.

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Thus Sprach Dr. O

Among her many activicties since summer, Dr. O has recently completed an interview with Carla Nappi, a UBC History professor. In an hour-long conversation, Dr. O touches on many aspects of her recently published book The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation, and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio by Harvard University Press. It's a delightful talk covering the work of the famous Japanese author as well as the intricacies of translation. Worth having a listen here.


  • WL Student Conference will provide students opportunities to present academic papers in a formal setting as well as participate in the organizing of an academic conference. For more information, click here.



Simon Fraser University
AQ 5120, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6  

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