Year 1: Initially you will read a wide variety of texts under the theme of heroes. You will analyse works representing different types of hero: classical, tragic, popular, traditional, comic, anti-heroes and others and also explore the notion of heroism, its absence in our lives and our longing for it as this finds expression in various historical contexts and cultures. The notion of female heroism in contrast to male heroism is also explored.
You will also study two other subjects in year 1 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Year 2: In the second year the theme of frontiers will focus on the depiction of various forms of discovery and borders: geographic, scientific, psychological, gender-orientated and cultural.
You will study a variety of ‘crossings’ and look at the exploration of otherness, secrets, mysteries and taboos. You will also focus on various literary and cinematic depictions of the search for identity and the meaning of self through a series of challenging texts and films from a variety of cultures.
You will also study one or two other subjects in year 2 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4: If you successfully complete the Comparative Literature courses in first and second years, you may progress to Honours in third and fourth years. Comparative Literature may only be taken as a Joint Honours Degree, meaning that you will also study another subject from a wide range.
In your Honours years you will take these core courses (one in each year): Intercultural readings; Theories of reading.
These courses will introduce you to major concepts in literary and cultural theory and intercultural approaches to literature. They offer you the opportunity of studying culturally different texts within multiple frameworks, so you can reflect critically upon different approaches. You will also gain an awareness of issues of language and translation as they relate to the reading of texts from different cultures.
2020 entry requirements
Standard entry: 4 or 5 Highers at AAAA or AAABB (first sitting) or 6 Highers at AAAAAB (two sittings with a min ABBB after S5) including English and a humanities subject or language other than English at AB or BA.
Widening access entry: 4 or 5 Highers at AABB or ABBBB including English and a humanities subject or language other than English. May be considered for entry with BBBB. Completion of pre-entry programme is necessary.
Please refer to list below
College of Arts
Modern Languages and Translation Studies
|Comparative Literature/Business and Management
Comparative Literature/Central and East European Studies
Comparative Literature/English Language and Linguistics
Comparative Literature/English Literature
Comparative Literature/Film and Television Studies
Comparative Literature/History of Art
Comparative Literature/Scottish Literature
Comparative Literature/Theatre Studies
Comparative Literature/Theology and Religious Studies