A Comparative Literature degree differs from an English Literature programme in transcending national and cultural boundaries, offering you a global view of world literature. In Comparative Literature, you have the opportunity to study texts ranging from Classical Antiquity to the present day in English translation, including works by such famous authors as Homer, Ovid, Dante, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Kafka, as well as British classics such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Joyce and Woolf. You gain a broad international perspective on literary history, literary movements and literary genres, comparing themes and figures across different cultural backgrounds. You also compare the works of English and American authors against those of European writers. English Language and Linguistics is an ideal complement to many subjects, particularly those where an understanding of how language works is important. Language plays a central role in everything we as human beings do.