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PGD - Comparative Literature

Why take this course?

Comparative Literature involves the study of literature from two or more national and linguistic traditions, allowing students to gain an intercultural and transnational understanding of diverse cultural and literary practices. It allows one to develop a perspective on literature which extends across national and cultural boundaries and chronological periods. The interdisciplinary nature of study across linguistic cultures and academic fields gives you the opportunity to study problems of wider cultural significance. The integrated approach to understanding diversity adopted by a comparatist helps in fostering a holistic view of man and society through literature. As a student of comparative literature, you can identify similarities while negotiating issues of differences.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Engage in both close reading and critical reading, with a focus on analysis of literary and critical texts
  • Apply proficiency of at least one language other than English to analysis and interpretation of texts
  • Equip with a self-reflective understanding of the critical process necessary to read and understand texts
  • Familiarize oneself with the comparative approach to literature and the interdisciplinary nature of literary studies
  • Prepare oneself to work in any field where critical thinking, strong writing skills and a sophisticated understanding of cultural differences and diversity are called for

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Study of comparative literature helps students to acquire language, interpersonal communications, and analytical skills which are crucial for facing challenges in today’s workplace. A formal program in comparative literature leads one to diverse fields of careers in the area of Publishing, IT companies, in market research which involves cultural aspects and any job that requires one to analyze incisively, read well and write expressively. Some of the job roles you can opt for:

  • Editor / Assistant editor
  • Corporate Communicators
  • Market Research Executive
  • Liaison officers
  • Translators
  • Communications Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Critic/Film Critic
  • Cultural Events Coordinator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Journalist
  • Media Analyst

Degree Awarded

Post Graduate Diploma in Comparative Literature

Course Commencement

August 2019


Minimum 50% marks in Graduate or Post Graduate Programme in Literature, Humanities or Social Sciences. Knowledge of spoken and written English.

Study Campus

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Curriculum Structure & Teaching

Structure: In both the semesters the candidates will have to study four core papers. The proposal is that each paper will be designed to have 1 General Introductory Essay, 2 Essays for suggested reading, creative texts (to be decided by the facilitator and submitted at the beginning of the term / course)

PG Diploma Comparative Literature Poster »
Semester I
  • Paper I : Comparative literature & Theory
  • Paper II : World Literature(s)
  • Paper III : Research Methods
  • Paper IV : Contact & Reception (need to create 4 modules and the related essays)
  • Research Paper 1
  • Viva - Voice
Semester II
  • Paper I : Literature of the Margins
  • Paper II : Intermediality in literature
  • Paper III : Optional Paper 1
  • Paper IV : Optional Paper 2
  • Research Paper 2
  • Viva - Voice
  • Duration: 1 year (two semesters)
  • Theory papers: 4
  • Research papers: 2
Examination and Assessment

Theory papers will have a semester end examinations which will be assessed for 80 marks. 20 for continuous internal assessment (assignments, internal tests, class presentations, attendance, regularity of submissions and effort).