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Comparative lit

Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature at Leeds

Our comparative literature course combines the study of English literature with different literatures from around the world.

You'll be introduced to issues such as genre, narratology and reception, and will study themes such as myth, fable, borders, ethics, dystopias and different postcolonialisms, drawing on examples from a range of different cultures and periods, such as the reception of The Odyssey or the ways in which contemporary literature is adapted and translated for the global market.

From the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies you’ll study texts (from translations) taught by literature specialists in: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

From the School of English you can choose modules from the whole range of options, including writers from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Canada, and the Caribbean.

If you're interested in independent language learning, you'll have access to resources, workshops, language exchanges and language groups provided by the University's Language Zone.

Enrichment opportunities

Our tutors' diverse expertise will help you gain a deeper understanding of literature from around the world – and develop your analytical skills that will be valuable to employers.


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Nick Kwok
Student | BA English and Comparative Literature
“My degree encourages a certain level of independence, giving you the capacity to work at your own pace and to structure your work in a way which suits you best, whilst also progressively pushing those boundaries to help you grow.”
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The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

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The Centre for World Literatures promotes the study of literature from around the world, exploring the intersections between literature and cultural studies, history, sociology, performance, politics, translation studies and other art forms, such as music and the visual arts.