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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

Special Topics in World Literature Today: Mohsin Hamid and Pakistani Anglophone Fiction

Dr. Amit Baishya, Department of English

Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm

Monnet 105

2020 Puterbaugh fellow Mohsin Hamid ( has been hailed as one of the most original voices in South Asian Anglophone fiction. This course though will not focus on his position in the trans-regional construct of South Asia, but rather on his location within the national domain of Pakistani Anglophone fiction. We will read Hamid’s four novels (Moth Smoke, Exit West, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia) alongside major works of Pakistani Anglophone writing such as Salman Rushdie’s Shame, Mohammad Hanif’s Red Birds, Kamila Shamsie’s Kartography and Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden. Over the course of eight weeks, we will read Hamid’s novels in tandem with those of his predecessors (Rushdie) and contemporaries (Shamsie, Hanif, Aslam) as we try to understand his position in the burgeoning oeuvre of Pakistani Anglophone fiction. While this course will be an introduction to his work, we will also discuss topics like nationalism, nation building, post-coloniality, diaspora and globalization, and the impact of the “war on terror” in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mohsin Hamid will be visiting campus to take part in the Puterbaugh Festival (April 6–8). Students will be expected to attend most of the events of the festival, at which they will be given an assignment to interview Mr. Hamid or one of the visiting scholars one-on-one about their work. Other writing assignments include a few written responses to the novels discussed in class and a 10- to 12-page research paper at the end of the semester. Eight meetings will be held during the semester on Wednesday from 4.00-5.30. The dates when we will meet are: 01/22, 02/05, 02/19, 03/04, 03/25, 04/01, 04/15 and 04/29.

The deadline to apply for a Puterbaugh Scholarship, which provides a stipend to help pay for tuition and books for the course, is January 6, 2020. The application form can be found here.

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.