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What Is Comparative Literature?

     Comparative Literature is the study of common features in the literatures, cinema, and other forms of cultural production from more than one culture. It can focus on a genre, a period or a theme, or it can focus very broadly on the materials of literature itself—structure, rhetoric or language. We live today in a global society where languages, literatures and cultures intersect and interbreed, and that is why it is important to broaden our scope, to understand the many distinct ways in which peoples understand the world. We offer courses in the literatures and cultures of Europe and America; of China, Japan and Korea; and of East and West Africa. In comparative literature classes, you will read works in translation


     The major and minor do not only appeal to those who enjoy reading and analyzing texts, but also for students who are curious about other languages and cultures, or interested in global studies and international relations. Studying Comparative Literature is a great way to explore literary options beyond the English-speaking world and instead explore representations and attitudes from all parts of the globe. Some students who choose to double major combine their studies with anthropology, education, or the sciences. The major also frequently combines with students studying a foreign language, as many of the classes will double-count, and you will be able to study foreign literature in its original languages.


     View the degree requirements for the Comparative Literature Major by visiting the UGA Bulletin, the university's official source for academic information. To learn more about the Comparative Literature Minor track, click here.

Comparative Literature students have also created an online journal titled Xenophile, which features the research of department majors. Click here to visit the journal.



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