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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 2022 Neustadt Course

ENGL/MLLL 4950 / 5970

MWF 10:30–11:20 | Gould Hall 150

Daniel Simon, PhD |
Assistant Director & Editor in Chief, World Literature Today
Affiliate Faculty in English, International & Area Studies, and Judaic Studies


This course will introduce students to the work of 2022 Neustadt Prize laureate Boubacar Boris Diop (b. 1946), the legendary Senegalese novelist, essayist, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter. Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison described Diop’s novel Murambi (2000)—his “multivoiced” account of the 1994 Rwandan genocide—as follows: “This novel is a miracle. Murambi verifies my conviction that art alone can handle the consequences of human destruction and translate these consequences into meaning. Diop, with a difficult beauty, has managed it. Powerfully.”

Students in the course will be required to participate in all events of the Neustadt Lit Fest scheduled for Oct. 24–26, 2022, either in person or on Zoom (TBA). Participating scholars will include Fatoumata Seck (Stanford University), Marame Gueye (East Carolina University), and Jennifer Croft (the Booker Prize-winning translator who successfully nominated Diop for the award) as well as OU African Studies Institute professors Kalenda Eaton, Rita Keresztesi, and Bala Saho. Students will have dedicated time to meet with Mr. Diop and opportunities to interact with all the participating scholars.

Required Textbooks by Boubacar Boris Diop

Doomi Golo: The Hidden Notebooks, trans. Vera Wülfing-Leckie & El Hadji Moustapha Diop (Michigan State Univ. Press, 2016), $25

Kaveena, trans. Bhakti Shringarpure & Sara C. Hanaburgh (Indiana Univ. Press, 2016), $23

The Knight and His Shadow, trans. Alan Furness (Michigan State Univ. Press, 2015), $20

Murambi, the Book of Bones, trans. Fiona McLaughlin (Indiana Univ. Press, 2016), $17

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 | Next offered in Spring 2023
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.