Associate Professor Sharon Diane Nell, Director, Program in Comparative Literature; Professor Bruce Clarke, Graduate Advisor.
Administered by the Committee on Comparative Literature, this interdisciplinary specialization gives students the opportunity to study literature from an international perspective, to study two or more national literatures, and to concentrate attention upon literary periods, genres, and theories, and upon relationships between literature and other arts and disciplines.
At the master's level, there are majors in classical humanities, English, French, German, and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature. At the doctor's level, majors are offered in English and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature.
Candidates for admission to study in comparative literature should have a B.A. degree in literature or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge of one literature. Candidates should also have completed sufficient study of one foreign language to begin graduate work in the literature of that language. Students' GRE scores must match or surpass that required by the department in which the students will major. Inquiries concerning the prerequisites for master's and doctor's level studies should be addressed to the Director of the Program in Comparative Literature.
At the master's level, candidates must complete 36 hours of graduate course work. Students are required to take at least three graduate courses in the literature of a foreign language and at least two graduate level comparative literature program courses. Students not majoring in English must take at least three literature courses in a language other than their major to complete their foreign language literature requirement. Students will concentrate on the following special fields: periods, genres, theories, or relationships between literatures and other arts and disciplines. Degree plans must be approved by both the student's major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
At the doctor's level, the program includes approximately two years of course work in addition to that required for the master's degree, involving at least three graduate literature courses in the students' first foreign language (i.e., outside their major), and three in the comparative literature program. Students' programs are supervised by a doctoral committee drawn up in consultation with the student's major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
Courses in Comparative Literature. (C LT)
5301. Theories of Literature (3:3:0). Intensive exploration of selected theories or methodologies of literary study. May be repeated.
5304. Literature and Other Disciplines (3:3:0). Selected studies of the relations between literature and other disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and natural sciences. May be repeated for credit. Readings in English.
5310. Literature and Cultural Studies (3:3:0). Places a variety of national literatures in relation to other cultural institutions and structures. May be repeated for credit. Readings in English.
5314. Literature and Gender (3:3:0). Examines the representation of gender in various national literatures. May be repeated for credit.
5350. The Classical Tradition (3:3:0). Designed to acquaint students with the influence of ancient Greece and Rome on Western culture. Readings in English. (CLHM 5350)
5355. Studies in Comparative Literature (3:3:0). Practice of the study of comparative literature with emphasis on themes and motifs. (ENGL 5355)
CLHM 5350. The Classical Tradition (3:3:0).
ENGL 5355. Studies in Comparative Literature (3:3:0).
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