All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.
Units under this heading are administered by the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies within the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies. The Centre is an interdisciplinary teaching unit with responsibility for teaching and research in three main areas:
(a.) Comparative literature is the study of literary texts in ways that go beyond particular national or linguistic boundaries. Students study literary texts written in other languages - including Ancient Greek, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish - as well as in English. All texts are studied in English translation although will normally know the original as well.
(b.) Cultural studies is the study of literature in its political and social contexts and in relation to other arts and media, for example the press, film and television. The interrelationships between texts and codes are studied, both 'artistic' and 'popular', verbal and visual. The connections between social institutions are examined, such as the international media conglomerates, cultural technologies like printing and film and cultural forms such as the novel and the soap opera.
(c.) Critical theory is an umbrella term for a whole series of contemporary approaches to literary and cultural criticism, for example hermeneutics, semiotics, post-structuralism, ideology critique, psychoanalysis, ecocriticism and so on. Such theories are central to recent work in literary and cultural studies.
Students studying a sequence in comparative literature and cultural studies must complete the following two units (12 points):
For the purposes of a minor/major, a first-year sequence in comparative literature and cultural studies can be replaced by an appropriate first-year sequence in English, classical studies, French studies, German studies, Italian studies or Spanish and Latin American studies.
Students studying a minor or major in comparative literature and cultural studies must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:
Available units include:
Units not offered in 2011