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Comparative Literature and Culture

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Comparative Literature and Culture

BA
  • UCAS code Q200
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2018

The course

Comparative Literature and Culture offers you the opportunity to study literature from across the world, as well as exploring film, philosophy and visual arts. This course combines a fascinating breadth of material with a focus on contexts – places, periods, and genres – to explore how key cultural shifts transform how we see, represent, and make sense of our changing world. Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway is a unique and intellectually stimulating course that will develop you as a culturally-aware, creative and adaptable thinker.

We’ve developed this course so that you can tailor it to suit your own evolving interests, enabling you to choose from our exceptionally wide range of fascinating options. These span continents and centuries, from antiquity to the present day, covering novels, poetry, philosophy, cinema and art. You will read, watch, and compare texts from Ancient Greece to contemporary New York, from Cuba to Korea, from epics to crime fiction, and from tragedy to the avant-garde. Comparative Literature and Culture also enables you to study a varety of foreign texts originally written in many languages, all translated into English.

You will be taught by world-class experts who genuinely want to get to know you. We create a supportive environment, often using group work so you can try out new ideas and participate in lively discussions. Throughout your studies, you will receive personal guidance to ensure your course is aligned to your strengths, interests and career plans. As part of our close-knit international community you will be able to get involved with an array of cultural initiatives that take place on campus, and make the most of being within easy reach of London and its many events and attractions.

Studying Comparative Literature and Culture will broaden your horizons, interests and passions, and give you a critical edge in a competitive global marketplace.

  • Our students say we are good at explaining things 100% of the time, and have given us a score of 93% for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).
  • Our teaching methods are diverse, ranging from lectures and small group seminars to e-learning.
  • You will have the exciting opportunity to spend an additional international year with a partner university.
  • Gain global cultural awareness and an internationally prestigious degree.
  • Available as a joint honours degree with a wide variety of subjects.
  • Become a creative, flexible and critical thinker.
  • Shape your programme according to your own interests.
  • Consider a year abroad or studying a language.
95%

of students agree staff are good at explaining things

Source: NSS, 2017

Number 1

for student to staff ratio

Source: Guardian University League Table, 2018

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