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This course is designed to provide an understanding of Comparative Literature as a subject of study and a critical practice. The core modules provide the theoretical and methodological basis for comparing texts of various genres and artefacts of different media at an advanced level. Optional modules enable the further development of these competencies and offer opportunities to develop and apply this knowledge and these skills to a range of primary texts from a wide range of languages, cultures, epochs and other contexts.
Applicants would normally be required to have a good honors degree (at least upper second class honours standard), or an equivalent qualification, in a cognate area. Applicants should normally have an advanced reading knowledge of at least one language other than English among those offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
"The learning of this course enabled me to gain access to the skill of applying cultural theory to world literature, sharpening my critical and analytical skills, doing research and writing essays (form a hypothesis, structure an argument and build an essay, reference outside sources), doing research and presenting a paper (forming a hypothesis, structuring an oral presentation; maintaining and sustaining relations with the listeners, giving an overview of sources. All of the skills guarantee, in a large sense, the qualification of a researcher in further comparative literature studies.
As a Comparative Literature major, I have realized throughout my learning process the importance of an international and multicultural perspective for the mastery of the multidisciplinary subject. Besides, going abroad offers me a brand-new perspective both for the diverse cultures through being submerged in cultures utterly different from my home culture and for the status quo of the rapidly changing world through gaining an insight into a variety of world affairs from different channels."