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 2021

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 C100
Distance Education

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Maria Barraza
Tu 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Maria Barraza
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Maria Barraza
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 103W - Early World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 103W D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Mo 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 103W D101 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 103W D102 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
TBA
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
Th 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Mark Deggan
Th 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 204 - Rights and Activism in Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 204 D100 Maria Barraza
Mo 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 300 - How Ideas Travel

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 300 D100 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 300 D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 304 - Exile and Migration

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 304 D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 304 D101 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 309 - Empire and Resistance (Reflections on Civil War)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 309 D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 340 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 340 D100 Melek Ortabasi
Tu 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 340 D200 Melek Ortabasi
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 404W - Literature and Translation

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 404W D100 Sessional
Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 480 - Research Seminar for Honours Essay

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 480 D100 TBA
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.