Comparative literature as a discipline implies transcending the frontiers of single languages and national literatures for a comparatist, any literature is basically a literature which has to be studied with reference to other literatures, generally on a bilingual/ multilingual basis.
Literature, cultural studies, and comparative cultural studies: comparative literature is a discipline with a global history, intellectual relevance, and institutional presence, while world literature, cultural studies, and comparative cultural studies areﬁelds of.
The next two chapters discuss teaching methods, textbooks, examinations and the thesis on the doctoral, graduate and undergraduate levels chapter 13 treats the issue of the evaluation of comparative literature departments the concluding chapters discuss academic diplomacy and politics and the future of the discipline.
Harvard’s department of comparative literature is one of the most dynamic and diverse in the country with a faculty that has included such scholars as irving babbitt, albert lord, harry levin, claudio guillén, and barbara johnson, the department has played a crucial role in shaping what remains a polymorphous discipline. On these pages, prospective majors will find information about the discipline of comparative literature, the types of careers that graduates pursue, and how to embark on the major prospective and current majors will find information about this flexible and capacious major, including the program of study, courses, funding, deadlines, and events.
The discipline of comparative literature is in toto a method in the study of literature in at least two ways first, comparative literature means the knowledge of more than one national language and literature, and/or it means the knowledge and application of other disciplines in and for the study of literature and second, comparative. Comparative literature is the study of literature from two or more linguistic groups in some cases, the study involves literature from different cultures or nations, and extends to the study of different forms of art.
As its name suggests, world literature – a branch of comparative literature once associated primarily with an established canon of mostly western classical masterpieces – has embraced literatures written in non-western languages more readily than has the broader field of comparative literature.