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 2022

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3149, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
WL 101W D103 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby

WL 103W - Early World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 103W D100 Maria Barraza
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
WL 103W D101 Maria Barraza
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
WL 103W D102 Maria Barraza
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 2268, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby

WL 200 - How to Do Things with World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 200 D100 Mark Deggan
TBA
Location: TBA

WL 202 - North/South Intersections (The Other Sun: Writing the Global South)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 202 D100 Maria Barraza
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby

WL 203 - Subversive Genres (Rebirth of Text)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 203 D100 Gianluca Oluic
Gianluca Oluic
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby

WL 301W - Writing and Research

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 301W D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
WL 301W D101 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby

WL 303 - Global Culture and Its Discontents

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 303 D100 Mark Deggan
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
WL 303 D101 Mark Deggan
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby

WL 340 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 340 D100

WL 401 - Early Modernities Beyond the Medieval

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 401 D100 Gianluca Oluic
Gianluca Oluic
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3513, 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.