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Learn about literature, culture or magazine publishing

World Literature Today magazine, book reviews section, WLT

World Literature Today offers three courses that qualify for either ENGL or MLLL undergraduate and graduate credits. The courses deal with various aspects of literature, international culture, or magazine publishing, and ENGL 4113 also fulfills an upper-division requirement for the new minor in Editing and Publishing that will launch in fall 2019. The minor combines coursework in Arts & Sciences, Journalism, and Fine Arts and is meant to give students an inside edge when entering publishing and related careers upon graduation. 

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.

ENGL 4950.001 | ENGL 5970.001

Fall 2019  |  Weds: August 21-November 13, 2019 | 3 – 4:15 p.m. 

Location: Monnet 452    

Office Hours: TBA

Instructor: Michelle Johnson                                                  




You will study the work of Margarita Engle, the 2019 laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, as well as the work of ten other international writers: Lilliam Rivera, Anna Badkhen, Kapka Kassabova, Joseph Legaspi, Philip Metres, Dunya Mikhail, André Naffis-Sahely, Vi Khi Nao, Felipe Restrepo Pombo, and Katherena Vermette. In doing so, you will read fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and book reviews. All of these authors will visit the OU campus for the Neustadt Festival (October 15 through 17), 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. You will produce one response to reading, an author interview, a book review, and a final research paper.




















MLLL 4970/5970 or ENGL 4970/5970

Information about the spring 2020 course will be made available in fall 2019.

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.