Comparative Literature as a discipline is concerned with mapping the varieties of the "literary phenomenon", the process by which it forms, crystallises and moves between and across the literary systems and languages. The study of Comparative Literature, therefore is a dynamic, context related exercise. Major texts from all over the world, whether orally transmitted, performed or written come within the purview of our syllabus, and our primary consideration is their relation with the context in which they are written, their reception in the contexts in which they are read, their relevance to the thematological or genological process of literature that cuts across single literary systems in specific languages. The syllabi are not designed to provide cursory acquaintance with "great texts" of world literature – rather, they aim to equip the student with methodologies of reading, and train her in the application of these methodologies to cultural texts. From this it will be clear that the nature of our discipline demands a degree of flexibility, which the syllabi here appended have attempted to accommodate. Since our focus is on the development and application of methodologies with reference to specifically located texts, the choice and enumeration of primary material cannot always remain fixed and final. Hence the syllabi have been drawn up to accommodate the widening horizons of our discipline, which is seen to be on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scholarship.

Keeping this in mind, the BA syllabus is organised chronologically, tracing the broad movements of systems within Western and Indian literatures, studied with respect to texts. Then, these tools are applied to specific cases of literary transmission within various frameworks, whether they are in-depth studies of influence and response or explorations of literary migrations, re-writings or re-visions. the relations between the different language –literatures within a specified period (i.e., within a synchronic frame) and movements of literary systems from one period to another (within a diachronic frame).

Having given the student a preliminary idea of the varieties in which the literary process may work in different cultural contexts, the MA syllabus focuses on Thematology and Genology, key methodological tools that Comparative Literature develops in order to study.

Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature

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Master of Arts in Comparative Literature

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M. Phil and PhD in Comparative Literature

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Specialization Subjects Offered

Area Studies

The Area Studies courses at the post-graduate level have been designed to enable students to acquire specialized knowledge of the literatures and cultural politics of a specific area of the world, and develop a sound foundation in this area for critical comparative studies. The courses concentrate on twentieth and twenty first century texts, but also include analytical perspectives on the historical, cultural and literary background of the respective area.

Two semester courses will be offered in each area - students will have to take both courses offered in the area of their choice. The four areas are: 

  • Literature of Bangladesh
  • Canadian Literature
  • African Literatures
  • Latin American Literatures