Comparative Literature


Comparative Literature is the study of literature across national and cultural boundaries, chronological periods and disciplines. 

Areas of study

Comparative Literature introduces you to works from a wide range of cultures, mostly in English translation, and develops strategies for reading literature across cultures. You can explore literary forms which are found almost all over the world, such as folktales. You can also study the social and psychological functions of storytelling, concepts of tragedy, and literature depicting cross-cultural encounters.

You can study Comparative Literature in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Comparative Literature will interest you if you enjoy reading works from other countries and cultures, and if you want to think more deeply about what you read. 

Comparative Literature can be especially useful if you are majoring in a language or in English. It presents skills and theories which are relevant to your major and allows you to expand the cultural range of your literary studies.

Career opportunities

The skills and insights you will develop can be an advantage for any occupation involving the ability to work across cultures. Comparative Literature can be useful for careers in publishing, journalism, creative writing, editing, arts administration, librarianship, translation, foreign affairs, international business, teaching abroad, secondary school teaching and teaching English as a second language.

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