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Comparative Literature

‘Comparative Literature too often turns out to mean the random juxtaposition of texts belonging to different cultures, eras, languages; before they can be taken seriously, comparatists must be able clearly to articulate their aims and set out the theoretical premisses on which they work.’ This is a point of view with which you may agree or disagree; or you may have a different view of your own. Please set out the argument, as you see it, for or against this assertion, in about 1000 words, drawing on your knowledge of the subject and relevant experience.

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Comparative literature is often defined as a discipline that draws connection between texts that are not confined to national or linguistic boundaries. Furthermore, comparative literature attempts not only to focus along intercultural lines but does also establish links between literature and other disciplines, such as music or film. Hence the main interest of comparative studies lies within “literature, the contexts of literature and the interaction between literatures” (BCLA 2006, online). In this sense comparative studies introduce fresh points of views, and establish bridges between different nations, cultures and languages. Nevertheless, similar as in all other academic disciplines it is of importance to establish the lines of research, the theoretical premises as well as the aims and the outcome of a comparison…

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