Comparative Literature

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This challenging graduate diploma highlights the comparative, multilingual, cross-cultural nature of a student’s graduate training. In the case of MA students, it provides promising opportunities for further study in related disciplines; in the case of PhD students, it can lead to prospective careers in a range of areas requiring a high level of cross-cultural competency and literacy from government to the global creative industries.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Comparative Literature know how to:

  • identify, define, and historically situate key concepts, terms, methodologies, theoretical approaches, and critical assumptions as they have been developed in the discipline of comparative literature;
  • explain and critique western and non-western literary, cultural and artistic traditions in contexts that are both historical and contemporary;
  • describe fundamental debates in the discipline, as well as new concerns and developments, and situate them vis-à-vis other disciplines;
  • explain advantages and disadvantages of comparative methods for the creation of knowledge;
  • develop unique research topics that fit into an interdisciplinary comparative humanities framework and lead to new knowledge;
  • recognize research questions that are not suitable for comparative approaches;
  • work with academic material in at least two languages other than English;
  • connect with scholars in cognate areas at both the national and the international levels; and,
  • communicate their unique contribution to comparative literature.

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