Literature

Study world literature

There is indeed a lot of literature in the world, and there is no question of covering it all. Instead our World Literature courses focus on providing students with the tools necessary to negotiate the global literary landscape and their 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.

World Literature courses are offered in English translation, cover a variety of themes and topics, and always feature a rich cross cultural selection of literary works. The resulting learning environment is 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. Scroll down on this page for course descriptions.

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Literature courses - Spring 2022

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby

WL 103W - Early World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 103W D100 Maria Barraza
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
WL 103W D101 Maria Barraza
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
WL 103W D102 Maria Barraza
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby

WL 204 - Rights and Activism in Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 204 D100 Maria Barraza
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby

WL 304 - Exile and Migration

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 304 D100 Cristina Serverius
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

WL 308 - Travel and Trade

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 308 D100 Mark Deggan
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
WL 308 D101 Mark Deggan
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby

WL 340 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 340 D100 Maria Barraza
Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2530, Burnaby

WL 402 - Stories of Modernity

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 402 D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Kenneth Seigneurie
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby

Even more World Literature courses

Interested in knowing what other World Literature courses you can take in future semesters? See our full course offering on SFU's Student Services website.