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World Literature Today offers three courses that qualify for either ENGL or MLLL undergraduate and graduate credits. The courses center around various aspects of literature, international culture, or magazine publishing. 

If you're interested in literature and international culture, check out the Neustadt or Puterbaugh courses. If you have any interest in magazine publishing and want hands on experience as well, the Magazine Publishing course would be an excellent opportunity.

The Neustadt Course

MLLL 4950 or ENGL 4950/ENGL 5970

Fall 2017

Place: Monnet Hall, fourth floor

Dates: Several Wednesdays (8/23, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, & 11/15)

Time: 3–4:15pm


Michelle Johnson, Managing Editor, World Literature Today
& Adjunct Professor of Law, OU College of Law
630 Parrington Oval, Suite 110 (Monnet Hall)
420–3502 (cell)
Office Hours: Appointments welcome


You will study the work of Marilyn Nelson, the 2017 laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, as well as the work of ten other international writers: Hayan Charara, Alisa Ganieva, Major Jackson, Adnan Mahmutović, Dipika Mukherjee, Achy Obejas, Ladam Osman, Sasha Pimentel, Zia Haider Rahman, and Mahtem Shiferraw. In doing so, you will read fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays. All of these authors will visit the OU campus for the Neustadt Festival (November 8­–10), and you will visit with them, including interviewing one of them, while taking part in the activities. To participate in the course, you must be available for the class sessions and festival events.

The Puterbaugh Course

MLLL 4970/5970 or ENGL 4970/5970

The spring 2018 course, taught by Dr. Robert Lemon of OU’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, will focus on the work of German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck, who will visit campus March 7-9 as the 2018 Puterbaugh Fellow.

Since 1968, WLT has sponsored the Puterbaugh Conferences on World Literature, which have featured many of the world's most celebrated writers (including seven Nobel Prize winners). One of the best features of the conferences, now held in the spring and known as the Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature & Culture, is the opportunity to study in-depth the work of the visiting writer ahead of their visit, spend quality time with them during their time at OU, and have VIP access to all the public and private events of the Puterbaugh Festival.

How to Edit & Publish a Literary Magazine

ENGL 4113 | Thursdays 1:30 - 2:45 in Monnet Hall Rm. 452
Taught by Daniel Simon, assistant director and editor in chief of World Literature Today



  • Sophomore standing or above or by permission of the instructor



English 4113 provides an introduction to the writing, editing, and publishing of literary magazines, both print and online. It is designed for students who are planning careers in writing, graduate literary studies, or the wider world of publishing. Students will learn about the place of literary magazines in humanities publishing generally and the larger contemporary landscape in which cultural magazines play a vital role. Topics include the history and present state of U.S. magazine publishing, the status of periodicals in culture and the academy, the economics of the industry, current challenges, and future trends.

The internship component is an important feature of the course, offering students the opportunity to write for, edit, and produce an actual magazine: World Literature Today, OU’s award-winning bimonthly of international literature and culture. The course will also draw guest speakers from the pool of publishing experts scattered across the University of Oklahoma campus and in central Oklahoma, thus providing advice and networking opportunities for students interested in exploring professional careers in writing, editing, design, marketing, or online publishing.

Have questions or want permission to enroll?

Contact Dr. Simon at or by phone at 325-0317.