Spring 2020 - WL 105W D100

World Literature Lab (3)

Class Number: 5420

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9655, Burnaby



Incorporates academic and creative writing assignments through hands-on exploration of language, literacy, and literature across cultures. Includes translation exercises and writing workshops. Additional language fluency highly recommended but not required. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This innovative “learning lab” will open your eyes to the powerful ways in which language and literature shape the world. The ingredients in this experiment? You and your fellow students! This writing-intensive, first-year course will introduce the ways in which multilingualism, translation, and cultural identity are beautiful as well as fundamental to knowledge.  The course offers an exploratory approach to writing through the lens of world literature, and in it, we’ll be doing writing that is academic, creative, personal, and translingual. Working collaboratively, we will develop experiential and theoretical knowledge of translation; read, write about, and produce translingual texts; and explore the connections between literature and literacy. By engaging with classmates and the community, we will learn to better negotiate the fascinating multilingual environment we all share. Working knowledge of more than one language is not required, but is warmly welcomed.  The goal is to very deliberately approach language differences as a resource, not a problem.


Through this course of study, students will:

  • improve their English language writing, reading and speaking;
  • explore fundamental translation theories and practice;
  • develop and execute an innovative translation project;  
  • apply their learning to a community-engaged project.


  • Quizzes 20%
  • Literary Translation Project 30%
  • Community Language Project 30%
  • Active Participation 20%



Weinberger, Eliot, Octavio Paz, and Wei Wang. Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei: How a Chinese Poem Is Translated. NY: New Directions Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780811226202

Other readings will be made available through SFU Library or through Canvas

Registrar Notes:

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