Comparative Literature

What is Comparative Literature? Comparative Literature combines the study of national literatures with courses that address the relationship between literature and other disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, philosophy, linguistics, media and technology studies, psychoanalysis, religious studies, and fine and performing arts. Comparative Literature majors study literary theory, periods of world literature, themes, movements and genres. Comparative Literature majors might investigate the development of the Faust tradition from the Middle Ages to the present.

At UCSB, the Department of Comparative Literature requires majors select either a foreign language or interdisciplinary emphasis. To prepare for the major, students must take two years of a foreign language appropriate for their field of study; three lower-division comparative literature courses; and one of the three-course series in world history, art history, history of philosophy, or religious studies. The major requires 44 upper-division (junior and senior level) units, which include literature classes taught in translation and in foreign languages.

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