Literature creates imagined worlds where the meaning of human experience is explored in a way that leads us to reflect on our lives and the nature of humanity. Exploring the literature of cultures other than our own creates an opportunity to appreciate alternate views of the world and humanity both intellectually and emotionally while identifying universal human experiences. Students will read contemporary literary compositions from a variety of cultures including our own. We will analyze the literary structure and techniques employed by the writers, and explore the unique cultural identities and dilemmas they portray in their work. Throughout the course we will be comparing and contrasting the revelations of our reading to further our appreciation of how the human experience differs and how it is the same across cultures.