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 - Summer 2022

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 C100
Distance Education

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Kate Scheel
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Kate Scheel
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Kate Scheel
Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby

WL 307 - Creative Writing in World Literature (Short Fiction)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 307 D100 Anosh Irani
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby

WL 320 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to World Literature (Framing the World in Comics)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 320 D100 Alexander Harasymiw
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
WL 320 D101 Alex Harasymiw
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5037, 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.