How can World Literature courses be used?
- Electives to complement your degree
- Expanding the scope of your Major and/or Minor
- Engaging a wide range of disciplines (Psychology, History, Sociology, Political Science, etc.)
World literature is a vibrant and vital field of study encompassing a spectrum of national literatures, historical periods and cultural phenomena through the ages and across the globe. It is a method of conceptualizing and reading literature as a witness to constant transformation and change. Tracing a global arc across a wide selection of oral, written and visual traditions, students will explore how politics and ideology shape and define literatures across geographical, cultural and ethnic boundaries.
Courses offered in this area also examine the literary properties of other genres of artistic communication, and the relationship between literature and other genres, including film, oral traditions, television, music, theatre and visual arts.
The intercultural learning and international awareness fostered by the study of literature in global perspective prepare students to flourish academically and professionally in an increasingly interconnected world.
Anderson Araujo | World Literature, Transnational Modernism, First World War Poetry, Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
Robert Belton | Art theory, criticism, and historiography, popular music
Claude Desmarais | Autobiography, Intercultural Studies, Disability Studies, German Studies and the Environment
Hussein Keshani | World Art History, Art Histories of the Islamic World & South Asia, Digital Humanities, World Literatures
Virginie Magnat | Performance Studies, Qualitative Research, World Performance Traditions
Francisco Peña | Wold Literature, Spanish Culture and Literature, Ancient and Medieval Mythology, Biblical Literature, and Judeo-Spanish and Converso studies
Alwyn Spies | Japanese Language, Japanese Culture
Mythologies in Motion
Professor Francisco Peña teaches Mythologies in Motion, a course at the 300 level that students were able to take as an elective from a number of different programs. Dr. Peña noted that the biggest surprise he had was in relation to the range of students and the diversity of programs that the students are in.
“There have been many students interested in the humanities, in general, but there have also been those who come from the field of science, especially biology.” says Peña.
A World History of Horror
Monsters, Witches, and Serial Killers
This course is designed as an introduction to the idea of horror, as portrayed in many types of literary, and film texts across a range of times and geographic regions. Enlisting methodological and analytical tools drawn from World Literature as an interdisciplinary approach informed by the idea of global citizenship, the course will explore a selection of works with the aim of developing strong, critical interpretive skills through attention to critical and interpretive reading strategies and research-based writing. (Course: WRLD 100)
Berlin: The City in Films and Literature
This is a course about the city of Berlin, looking at some of its history, but focusing more on a few of the key texts and movies, including the more recent “Berlin Babylon” as a reimaging of the Weimar Republic, a brief glimmering of art at one of its pinnacles, and also a broken state that could not resist National-Socialism. The course will also be sure to look at modern Berlin, and what makes the capital of Germany tick. (Course: WRLD 399D-001)
Anti-Semitism: Then and Now
This course will first introduce the students to the ideological and historical backgrounds that led to the development of Western anti-Semitism. In the second part of the course, students will study the political and religious contexts that shaped the writing of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, as well as the play’s ambiguous legacy in the shaping of modern understandings of Judaism. We will then turn to the cultural origins of twentieth-century anti-Semitism and study Claude Lanzman’s documentary Shoah. The course will conclude with reflections on the current rise of violence against Jews in the West. (Course WRLD 428-001)