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 - Summer 2021

WL 100 - What is World Literature?

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 100 D100 Mark Deggan
TBA
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 100 D101 Mark Deggan
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
WL 100 D102 Mark Deggan
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 104W - Modern World Literatures

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 104W C100
Distance Education

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

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 307 D100 Anosh Irani
Mo 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 320 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to World Literature (Hidden Soundscapes: Music/Theatre/Performance)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 320 D100 Mark Deggan
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

WL 490 - Honours Graduate Essay

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
WL 490 D100 Melek Ortabasi
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.