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Comparative Literature (M.Phil.)

1 Year Full Tiime ; 30 places

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Course Director

Dr. Peter Arnds

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 1501

arndsp@tcd.ie

Website

www.tcd.ie/langs-lits-cultures/postgraduate/comparative_literature/

Course Fees

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide an understanding of Comparative Literature as a subject of study and a critical practice. The core modules provide the theoretical and methodological basis for comparing texts of various genres and artefacts of different media at an advanced level. Optional modules enable the further development of these competencies and offer opportunities to develop and apply this knowledge and these skills to a range of primary texts from a wide range of languages, cultures, epochs and other contexts.

Applicants would normally be required to have a good honors degree (at least upper second class honors standard), or an equivalent qualification, in a cognate area. Applicants should normally have an advanced reading knowledge of at least one language other than English among those offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

The course consists of two core modules taken by all students (Theory and Methodology and Moving between Cultures), two options from the range offered in a given year, and a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words whose theme and approach should be comparable.

In order to be awarded the degree of M.Phil. in Comparative Literature candidates must satisfy the Court of Examiners by obtaining an overall pass in both the following components:

  1. the assessment work for core course 1, core course 2, options 1 and 2 (combined)
  2. the dissertation

The two core modules each contribute 20% of the overall assessment, the options each contribute 10% and the dissertation 40%.

Olayinka Gbonegun

"I've always gravitated towards the subjects of literature and history and I love to explore the distinct literary approaches of different cultures. Through Trinity's Comparative Literature program I got to do just that: I had the privilege of meeting many professors who each covered topics through an expert cultural lens, allowing me to view many different viewpoints and ideas on a common subject. Through this style of teaching I was able to further branch out into more regional studies and take a more diverse and interdisciplinary approach to my writing."

Yimeng Man

"The learning of this course enabled me to gain access to the skill of applying cultural theory to world literature, sharpening my critical and analytical skills, doing research and writing essays (form a hypothesis, structure an argument and build an essay, reference outside sources), doing research and presenting a paper (forming a hypothesis, structuring an oral presentation; maintaining and sustaining relations with the listeners, giving an overview of sources. All of the skills guarantee, in a large sense, the qualification of a researcher in further comparative literature studies.

As a Comparative Literature major, I have realized throughout my learning process the importance of an international and multicultural perspective for the mastery of the multidisciplinary subject. Besides, going abroad offers me a brand-new perspective both for the diverse cultures through being submerged in cultures utterly different from my home culture and for the status quo of the rapidly changing world through gaining an insight into a variety of world affairs from different channels."

Sophie Morris

"Some of the greatest writers and thinkers have walked the campus of Trinity College Dublin, so studying here was a true honor and a privilege. The Comparative Literature program not only exceeded my expectations but also proved me to never stop questioning and appreciating cultures and societies the world over, and also to never stop reading great literature!"

Louise Sampagnay

"A once in a lifetime opportunity to be introduced to a rich range of literatures and academic traditions by lecturers from around the world. The Masters of Philosophy in Comparative Literature is about so much more than comparing great works; it enables one to truly gauge to what extent national boundaries can be arbitrary, becoming conscious of how much cultures are in constant dialogue with each other."

Chenxi Tnag 

"Studying Comparative Literature at Trinity was a very meaningful experience for me. The MPhil program in Comparative Literature is a perfect transition between the undergraduate study that has just been completed and the career that has not yet begun. The program aims to equip students with a solid theoretical and methodological basis, on which they are able to conduct research effectively and efficiently, comparing texts of various genres and cultural products of different media from an interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective. Meanwhile, I also enjoy the process of exploring how cultures differ from one another through analyzing primary texts from a wide range of languages and epochs, so as to pursue a global vision of literary and cultural study. In addition to the improvement of academic competence, the program also helps students to get themselves qualified for the employment of future jobs. Indispensable skills such as academic writing skills, critical analytical skills and communication skills will put one in demand at the job market, which can be transferred from academic life to career work. I believe these transferrable skills will enable me to handle my work more confidently and efficiently in the future."

Yifan Zhao

"Comparative Literature is an interesting course to study. It is comprehensive as we learn not only literature, but also its connection with other subjects. The lecturers and staffs are helpful and inspiring. I’ve had a great time studying Comparative Literature in Trinity College Dublin."

 

Course Details

Duration

1 Year Full Tiime

Number of Places

30

Next Intake

September 2020

Closing Date

30 June 2020

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.

Apply

To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get In Touch

Course Director

Dr. Peter Arnds

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 1501

arndsp@tcd.ie

Website

www.tcd.ie/langs-lits-cultures/postgraduate/comparative_literature/