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The World Literature Program is a multi-disciplinary program that draws together literatures and cultures of a wide variety of countries and regions, including Western and non-Western ones. It emphasizes literatures and cultures of the past (ancient Greece and Rome , for example) as well as the present. It understands “minority” or “third world” literatures as being just as worthy of study as European literatures; it recognizes the importance of the “classics” of both the West and East. The program requires study in a language other than English, thus emphasizing that literature and language are intimately related. Comparative courses and courses on individual authors, periods, and literatures are offered. Students who major or minor in World Literature learn to approach literature from a truly multi-cultural and multi-lingual standpoint. They also become conversant in the major schools of literary criticism and theory.


Dr. Vladimir L. Marchenkov Coming to Speak at CWRU

Date posted: October 29th, 2014

Dr. Vladimir L. Marchenkov, Professor of Aesthetics and Theory at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University will be speaking on “Magic, Fable, and Opera: Monteverdi and the Quest for Immortality” at the World Literature Colloquium on Wednesday, November 5, 6:00pm – 7:30pm in Guilford 323.