Taking Cultural Studies with Comparative Literature enables you to benefit from the Cultural Studies modules offered by the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and those by the Department of Comparative Literature in the School of European Culture and Language. This enhances your knowledge of European culture through analysing literary texts from all genres.
Comparative Literature broadens the study of literature to transcend national boundaries to consider works from other countries and cultures. The modules in Comparative Literature cover literature from the classics to the modern age. We investigate literary movements, genres and themes including, classical literature, romanticism, realism, modernism and postmodernism.
Genres studied include the novel, the short story, science fiction, tragedy and the epic, with a particular emphasis on how literary forms have evolved in different cultures, and linguistic traditions. For example, what makes a tragedy by Sophocles so different from one written by Shakespeare? How has the genre of science fiction developed across Europe? What are the similarities and differences between a novel by Charlotte Brontë and one by Gustave Flaubert?
This degree programme is ideal for those wanting to engage with an understanding of culture from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.