This bachelor of arts program focuses on writing from around the world - whether this is in the form of novels, essays, poetry, or prose, and whether the writing is traditional or experimental. The texts of world literature are those that have circulated outside their culture of origin, gaining new meanings and new relevance in other languages, nations, and traditions. Students will study historical, cultural, and theoretical approaches to literature in translation. The study of world literature raises vital questions about cross-cultural understanding, the practice of translation as a creative and cultural enterprise, literature's role in history and society, and the nature of literature itself.
World Literature offers a
and an honours program.
We also suggest consulting this comprehensive list of recommended electives to supplement world literature courses and help with program planning. Given its emphasis on cross-cultural contact and exchange, World Literature complements many other disciplines with a similar global outlook.
Careers with World Literature
A World Literature student is trained to read texts – and their contexts – carefully and closely; to write authoritatively and expressively; to think critically and creatively in a culturally complex world; and to communicate ideas effectively across different cultures. As a result, the World Literature graduate is especially well prepared for careers in international agencies and organizations, broadcasting, the arts, public relations, diplomacy, teaching, journalism, international law and library and information services, among others. Read more.