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.

Put your course work towards a minor. 

Minor in World Literature →

Literature courses - Spring 2023

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7300, Burnaby

WL 101W - Writing in World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 101W D100 Kenneth Seigneurie
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
WL 101W D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
WL 101W D102 Kenneth Seigneurie
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
WL 101W D103 Kenneth Seigneurie
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W D100 Gianluca Oluic
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
WL 104W D101 Gianluca Oluic
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
WL 104W D102 Gianluca Oluic
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

WL 201 - East/West Encounters (Germany/Iran, Germany/Japan)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 201 D100 Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby

WL 306 - Transnational Literary Rebellions ( Romanticism, Revolution, and the Gothic)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 306 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
WL 306 D101 Mark Deggan
Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby

WL 309 - Empire and Resistance ( Latin American mestizaje)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 309 D100 Maria Barraza
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
WL 309 D101 Maria Barraza
Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby

WL 330 - Special Topic in World Literature (Creative Writg:ShortFic)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 330 D100 Sirish Rao
Sirish Rao
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1325, Vancouver
WL 330 D101 Sirish Rao
Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 1325, Vancouver

WL 340 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 340 D100 Maria Barraza
TBA
Location: TBA

WL 403 - Contemporary World Literature

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 403 D100 Gianluca Oluic
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5036, Burnaby

WL 460 - Directed Studies

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 460 D100

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.