World Literature for teensApril 24, 2015 – 01:50 pm

World Literature for teens

Translated literature is for grown-ups—or so goes conventional anglophone wisdom. And yet there are excellent translated titles available for younger readers, offering them a broader literary palate. Since 1968 the US-based Mildred L. Batchelder Award has celebrated translated literature for young readers. This year, Lebanese author Zeina Abirached’s graphic novel A Game for Swallows was one of three honored titles. With few exceptions, the Batchelder…

Third Grade Literature Circles rolesDecember 22, 2014 – 04:06 pm

Third Grade Literature Circles roles

Thursday Throw Down is a link up that I host on the first Thursday of each month. Be sure to come and read about all the ways teachers are making their lessons more interactive. This year s interactive literature circles are about as interactive as it gets! After doing literature circles for a few years and in a few different ways, I decided to do an interactive version this year. Of course, literature circles are, by nature, very interactive. Students…

World Literature TextbooksMay 5, 2014 – 04:51 pm

World Literature Textbooks

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Description Reading about any culture foreign to one’s own tends to create a form of culture shock in the reader. In a world literature class, students frequently face texts that are completely unfamiliar to them, and the typical culture shock reactions set in. We tend not to like things that we do not understand, in part because we do not…

World Literature course HarvardMay 21, 2015 – 04:28 pm

World Literature course Harvard

The Institute for World Literature (IWL) has been created to explore the study of literature in a globalizing world. As we enter the twenty-first century, our understanding of “world literature” has expanded beyond the classic canon of European masterpieces and entered a far-reaching inquiry into the variety of the world’s literary cultures and their distinctive reflections and refractions of the political, economic, and religious forces sweeping…

World Literature Company Ottawa caMay 17, 2014 – 09:22 am

World Literature Company Ottawa ca

Renowned authors to speak about Canada’s First World War literary contributions The University of British Columbia Okanagan, the University of Ottawa, and the Canadian War Museum are marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the “war to end all wars” with a conference on Canadian war literature and a distinguished speakers series in Ottawa, July 31 to August 2, 2014. For nearly a century, Canada’s role in the First World War has elicited a…

World Literature RenaissanceNovember 6, 2013 – 12:34 pm

World Literature Renaissance

The Renaissance in Europe was in one sense an awakening from the long slumber of the Dark Ages. What had been a stagnant, even backsliding kind of society re-invested in the promise of material and spiritual gain. There was the sincerely held belief that humanity was making progress towards a noble summit of perfect existence. How this rebirth – for Renaissance literally means rebirth – came to fruition is a matter of debate among historians. What…

World Literature playsMarch 21, 2014 – 12:41 pm

World Literature plays

As a follower of Christ and an academic I take for granted that the stuff I teach my students in class is fair game for religious discussion. But, I have the feeling that the majority of my students do not automatically use a faith-based approach to the reading of most of the texts we read in my world literature course . The difficulty of the ancients like the Epic of Gilgamesh, the eroticism of A Thousand and One Nights, or the wit and sarcasm of…