A Comparative Literature degree differs from an English Literature programme in that it transcends national and cultural boundaries, offering you a global view of world literature. You have the opportunity to study texts ranging from Classical antiquity to the present day in English translation, including works by authors such as Homer, Ovid, Dante, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Kafka, as well as British classics such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Joyce and Woolf. You gain a broad international perspective on literary history, literary movements and literary genres, comparing themes and figures across different cultural backgrounds. You also compare the works of English and American authors against those of European writers.
English Language and Linguistics is an ideal complement to many subjects, particularly those where an understanding of how language works is important. Language plays a central role in everything we as human beings do, and this programme explores its many facets, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and possible career paths. While the focus will be on English, you will also explore the meaning of language more generally, and discover what language systems have in common.