Postgraduate taught 

Comparative Literature MLitt

Reading Workshop in Comparative Literature COMPLIT5036

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is a companion course to the mandatory literary theories course, 'Introduction to Comparative Literature'. It examines comparative scholarship from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will read short literary examples (or extracts from longer ones) alongside studies and interpretations of these works. These studies may be strictly culturally comparative in a traditional sense or they may be interdisciplinary, intermedial or otherwise exemplary of modern Comparative Literature scholarship. On occasion, students will study a text from various interpretative methods.


Semester one

2 hours x 11 weeks

Excluded Courses





Two 2,500-word essays, each worth 50% of the final grade

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to:


■ Examine a range of critical and interpretative sources alongside the literary/cultural 'texts' (including film and other media) they analyse

■ Critically engage with a range of literary and/or cultural movements

■ Critically engage with a range of theoretical and interpretive trends within the field of Comparative Literature

■ Develop advanced skills for analysing complex texts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify major trends in Comparative Literary studies (mostly 20th-21st century)

■ Critically evaluate the effectiveness of different theoretical approaches to a text 

■ Assess the significance of selected theories in terms of their contribution to the development of modern critical discourse and the field of comparative literature

■ Critically apply a range of methodologies to a text

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.