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Literary Studies: Pathway in Comparative Literature and Criticism MA

Literary Studies: Pathway in Comparative Literature and Criticism MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Literature: History / Criticism

Course type


Course Summary

This pathway of the MA Literary Studies will centre on the study of the theory and practice of comparative literature. You'll be introduced to the history, main concepts, and debates of comparative literary theory. We complement our theoretical study with close readings of a wide range of texts. These texts come from different periods, and from diverse cultural, geographic and linguistic backgrounds. They may not just be books – you'll also look at film and visual text to enrich your studies. You'll develop transferable skills, including: enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts; the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials; the ability to organise information; the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments. Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in: publishing; journalism; public relations; teaching; advertising; the civil service; business; industry; the media.

Different course options

Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This core module for the ‘Comparative Literature & Criticism’ pathway of the MA in Comparative Literary Studies will introduce you to the main concepts of comparative literary theory and practice and its principal debates, complementing these with textual analyses and the opportunity to engage in comparative readings. We will examine key aspects of the development of the discipline of “comparative literature”, and study the theoretical frameworks elaborated to describe the ways texts relate to, derive from, or influence other texts (such as influence, imitation and intertextuality, translation, and reception). Historical relationships and how these are constructed will be examined, focussing on the idea of tradition, the concept of the canon and its revisions, as well as the importance of literary history in our understanding of literature.

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Entry requirements

Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren’t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.