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Good honours degree in an appropriate subject.
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The programme invites the comparative study of literary works of different and cultural origin and encourages exploration of the interrelation between literature and the other arts. Students will be introduced to Comparative Practice and Literary Theory in the core courses, and can study a variety of literary topics in the option courses.
It embraces a range of languages and cultures within Europe, North America, South America and Asia, and draws on the teaching and research expertise of internationally renowned departments, including several of the highest rated literature departments in the UK.
The programme combines seminar and tutorial work. Students will take two core courses and two option courses, plus compulsory research skills and methods courses. The two semesters of taught courses are followed by an independently researched dissertation.
Students who successfully complete the programme will gain:
a thorough understanding of Comparative Literature, as a subject and as a practice
knowledge of a number of literary theories and different approaches to literary study, and the ability to use them for literary analysis
the ability to focus on detail on literary themes, genres and historical periods from a comparative perspective
transferable skills such as critical thinking, analytical and interpretative ability, communication and writing skills
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This article was published on Apr 25, 2013