World Literature

Is World Literature for you?

There is indeed a lot of literature in the world, produced in and among a diversity of cultures and languages.

Our objective in World Literature is to provide you with the tools necessary to negotiate the global literary landscape and your own position in it: openness, wonder, critical thinking, self-reflexivity, and an awareness of the centrality of translation to all human interaction, whether literary or otherwise.

The results of being in this learning environment are compelling: you may find yourself identifying with characters widely separated from you in time, space and idiom; or wondering why so many writers from different parts of the world have turned to literature as a form of political expression; or noticed that it is often authors exiled from their own countries who become the most influential. And that is just the beginning.

Where to go from here?

Our curriculum teaches you to write creatively and expressively, to read and think critically, and to communicate ideas effectively across different cultures.

While some graduates work directly in literature and language, for instance by teaching elementary or high school or entering the publishing field, career possibilities are diverse.

The knowledge content specific to World Literature courses is especially relevant to careers in international agencies and organizations, broadcasting, the arts, public relations, as well as diplomacy, teaching, journalism, and library and information services.

Skills you will develop in World Literature:

  • Writing and oral communication
  • Information management
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Personal management
  • Cross-cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence

Get in Touch

ContactKatie Nordgren, Undergraduate Advisor and visit us online.

Want to know more?

The diversity and beauty of the world literature featured in our courses is not only eye-opening; it offers crucial insight into growing up in an increasingly complex world. We all talk about globalization, but that does not mean that the world has become homogeneous.

The Census Bureau reports that “[i]n Vancouver, almost half the population has a mother tongue that is not English.” This means that we are a diverse bunch and that there is room to improve communications!

By exploring literary texts from a variety of cultures, our students learn to dislocate themselves from the centre of their own world so that they can better negotiate the one we all live in together.

In the World Literature Program, that’s how we see our role in “engaging the world.”

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Dr. Melek Ortabasi describes WL 201: East/West: Representations of Japan in Popular Culture