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The Program in Comparative & World Literature Graduate Handbook


The Program in Comparative and World Literature offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of master of arts and doctor of philosophy and is designed to provide a systematic study of subjects and problems common to several literatures and cultures. Its purpose is to enable students with the appropriate linguistic competence and preparation to explore individual national literatures as well as world literature; the theory of literature and criticism; the theory and practice of cross-cultural comparison; the interrelations of several literatures; the main currents, periods, and movements in literary history; the development of literary themes and types; and the relations between literature and the other arts.



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