This course aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of a variety of literary, cultural and historical texts from a range of periods and backgrounds. Anglophone materials will be studied alongside those translated into English. The course also aims to foster an independent approach to formulating problems and arguments, through the development and application of close reading and analytical skills. Individual modules come with the option of an academic placement which complements and develops the learning on a module. Should literature be defined in terms of the language and culture it was written in? Or does literature speak to us because its strangeness side-steps our expectations? Our joint degrees with Comparative Literature will get you discussing these and many more questions. The course has been designed by experts with the aim of crossing and dismantling borders: it looks at literatures from different communities, national traditions, and time-periods. We take in a broad range of traditional genres (e.g. novel, theatre, poetry), as well as varying modes of cultural expression (e.g. autobiography, film, myths). Throughout, the emphasis is on comparative literature’s ability to do justice to the interconnectedness of human experience as we read and write, think and feel, live and die. WHY STUDY DEGREES WITH COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AT READING? • Research-intensive departments with a track record of innovative scholarship • A wide range of subjects taught by established professors and new thinkers • Opportunities to study abroad • Small-group teaching makes for friendly learning and debate HOW WE TEACH YOU The comparative literature elements of the course begin with core modules. In year 1, these introduce you to the notion of comparative writing, and to what you need to be aware of when studying in translation. Then in second year, expert lecturers will take you into the detail of important areas for comparative writing. All students of comparative literature will then take an extended writing module in their final year. The remaining credits on the comparative literature side of your degree give you the chance to develop your interests by choosing from a range of optional modules. If taking a modern language, this must be the same language throughout your degree. CAREER PROSPECTS A joint degree with comparative literature will help you develop a range of transferable skills, including critical thinking; research and writing; ability to analyse a diverse range of materials; time-management; adaptability; and a high degree of cultural literacy. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including work in accountancy and banking, government and the civil service, heritage and museums, teaching, publishing, and media research and production. Recent employers include: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Oxford University Press, the British Museum, the Environment Agency, and the BBC.