World Literatures

Examine a spectrum of national literatures, historical periods and cultural phenomena through the ages and across the globe.

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

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