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Overview


Would you like to dig into French decadence, African novels, Asian drama, Italian poetry, and countless other literary works of the world? Consider Comparative Literature. While an English Literature major concentrates on works originally written in English, a Comparative Literature major reads works originally written in a variety of languages, though usually in translation. The Comp Lit major then strives to put these works into context by comparing them against the art, history, political and social climate of the country and time in which they were written. Comparative Literature majors often concentrate their studies in one area (such as African, Latin American, or Near Eastern literature). Some programs require fluency in at least one foreign language.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Introduction to Comparative Literature World Mythology Greek and Roman Mythology Art History I World Literature History of Literary Criticism Classical Literature The Enlightenment Romanticism Realism Modernism Introduction to Asian Theatre The Latin American Novel


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

Try to take as many classes in literature and composition as you can. Additional work in art history, music, philosophy, or social science will be helpful. Experience in a least one foreign language will prove extremely useful.