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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 launched 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.

Fall 2020 Neustadt Course

ENGL 4950.001 | MLLL 4950.001

Dates: August 25; September 8 & 22; October 6, 13 & 27; plus October 19-21

Place: Bartlett Room (Oklahoma Memorial Union 150)

Time: Tuesdays 3:00-4:15pm

Professor: Dr. Emily D. Johnson, Professor of Russian

Office Location: Copeland Hall 12B


The Neustadt course for 2020 will focus on the work of Ismail Kadare (b. 1936), one of the world’s most acclaimed novelists and the 2020 laureate for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. An Albanian author who now lives in Paris, Kadare won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005 and has repeatedly been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. His work considers the role of tradition and resonance of myth in modern life, the ways in which totalitarian governments deform both social norms and individual lives, and the short- and long-term effects of war and violence on communities. Even when set in centuries past, his novels speak to contemporary concerns. In this course, students will read some of Kadare’s most well-known novels, including Broken April and The Palace of Dreams.

Kadare will visit the University of Oklahoma campus for the Neustadt Festival (October 19-21, 2020). Students will be expected to attend all festival events and will interview Kadare or one of the other festival guests as part of a course assignment. Three of Kadare’s principal English-language translators—David Bellos, Peter Constantine, and Ani Kokobobo—will take part in the festival, along with distinguished MLLL alumni David Shook and Fabrice Conte-Williamson as well as more than a dozen other writers, scholars, and artists. One research paper is required.

Required Texts

Broken April, [trans. Jon Rothschild?], ISBN 978-1493055173, $16.95

The Palace of Dreams, trans. Barbara Bray, ISBN 978-1628723236, $14.95

Three Elegies for Kosovo, trans. Peter Constantine, ISBN 978-0099560951, $18.50

Agamemnon’s Daughter, trans. David Bellos, ISBN 978-1841959788, $14.39

The Doll, trans. John Hodgson, ISBN 978-1787300934, $13.13

The Puterbaugh Course

The Puterbaugh course is held in conjunction with the Puterbaugh Lit Festival, which is on hiatus until the resolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.