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 - Fall 2020

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Maria Barraza
Mo 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Maria Barraza
Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Maria Barraza
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Mark Deggan
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Mark Deggan
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Mark Deggan
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 200 - How to Do Things with World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 200 D100 Melek Ortabasi
Mo 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 201 - East/West Encounters

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 201 D100 Hande Gurses
Th 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 301W - Writing and Research

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 301W D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
We 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 304 - Exile and Migration

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 304 D100 Cristina Serverius
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 306 - Transnational Literary Rebellions

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 306 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 3:00 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 330 - Special Topic in World Literature (Adapting World Literature for the Screen)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 330 D100 Anosh Irani
Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 410 - Selected Topic in World Literature I

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 410 D100 Maria Barraza
Fr 11:00 AM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, 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.