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 2021

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3535, 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 5037, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Kenneth Seigneurie
Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby

WL 200 - How to Do Things with World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 200 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3005, Burnaby

WL 202 - North/South Intersections

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 202 D100 Maria Barraza
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby

WL 303 - Global Culture and Its Discontents

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 303 D100 Maria Barraza
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby
WL 303 D101 Maria Barraza
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 330 D100 Anosh Irani
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby
WL 330 D101 Anosh Irani
We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

WL 400 - Early Literary Cultures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 400 D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Tu, Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5009, 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.