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.

Cultural Waves: The Ancient Greek Contribution to Human Rights

Rachel Sternberg, Associate Professor of Classics and History, will be discussing the role that the Greeks played in human rights law at the World Literature Colloquium Series on April 2 at 4:00pm.

“Viewpoint Blends” A Presentation by Professor Mark Turner

The World Literature Colloquium Series begins the 2015 spring semester with a presentation titled “Viewpoint Blends” by Mark Turner, Institute Professor of Cognitive Science.


The semester’s final meeting of the World Literature Colloquium will be on Wednesday, December 3 2014 at 4:30pm in Clark Hall 206. It will examine in a roundtable setting the topic of mysticism. Participants will consider the meaning of the term “mysticism” in both Western and Eastern literature and civilization along...

WLIT Major, William Littlefield, Featured in the Daily

“A natural sciences and world literature double major. An award-winning student entrepreneur. A nationally renowned figure skater. Meet William Littlefield.” To read the full article, click here.