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Goldsmiths, University of London: Literary Studies: Pathway in World Literature and Comparative Criticism

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department English and Creative Writing
Study type Taught


This pathway of the MA in Literary Studies will centre on the study of the theory and practice of comparative literature and world literature.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: World Literature and Comparative Criticism pathway - Discuss the history, main concepts, and debates on world literature and comparative literary criticism while analysing a wide range of texts from different periods and media, and from diverse cultural, geographic, and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Pursue your wider interests thanks to a flexible structure by studying three options from the varied and unique provision of the department. At least one of these options must be in an area that is directly relevant to comparative and world literary studies. Options range across American, Black British, Caribbean, contemporary, modern, postcolonial, Romantic and Victorian literature, literary and critical theory, linguistics and translation studies.

  • Further develop your knowledge and expertise through a 15,000-word world literature and comparative criticism dissertation on a topic of your choice, agreed upon with a tutor and developed under supervision.

  • Benefit from the excellent Centre for Comparative Literature, of which you can become a member.

Many former students on this pathway have won prestigious essay prizes over the years, such as the BCLA’s Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize, and had their essays published in academic journals.


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