World Literature

This course allows students to discover new literary interests in the company of other avid readers. Students will explore literature and culture from a range of geographical areas that may not have been offered at school. 

Subject content

Lectures on plays, films, poetry and prose will be given by specialists from the School of Modern Languages who work with Italian, Persian, Spanish, Russian and English literatures. All texts are read and discussed in English. 

Topic examples

  • Intertextuality and Adaption in World Literature.
  • Translation and adaption.
  • Language Tasters Tutorials.  
  • Magical realism.

These examples are merely a sample and are based on previous years. Topics may change based on the curriculum chosen by the department in any given year. 

Academic skills

Aside from the study of specific content, students will learn to improve their academic writing, learning to shape arguments and developing an academic writing style, whilst also improving their subject-specific vocabulary.  

Learning experience

The style of teaching will follow the traditional British approach in which the discussion and analysis of literary texts is guided by graduate students and teaching fellows. This approach encourages close relationships between staff and students and provides an intellectually stimulating environment where students can develop their academic skills. Native-speaker instructors will guide students in trying out a language that is completely new to them. 

Additional information

No experience in any of the language areas taught is required - just English and a love of reading. 

Course outcomes

Students will receive an official certificate from the University of St Andrews to confirm their successful completion of the course.