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International and Comparative Literary Studies

Major

This vibrant and innovative major is taught by lecturers from the School of Languages and Cultures and the School of Literature, Art and Media. You will learn from lecturers whose disciplinary backgrounds are in literature, film studies, theatre studies, cultural studies, translation studies, and social sciences, and with expertise in European, Asian, and Middle Eastern traditional and modern cultures.

Built upon comparative literary theories, the major is personally rewarding and helps to prepare you for a range of possible career paths in publishing, advertising, media industries, government and non-government organisations, and academic research.

Through a range of comparative units focusing on themes such as cities of the world, relations between textual and visual arts, or on genres such as science fiction, you will look at how questions of society, history, culture and politics have been framed within literature from different traditions at different periods of time.

There are no foreign language requirements as lectures are delivered in English and tutorial discussions are based on texts in English translation. However, reading knowledge of at least one language other than English is required for Honours and Postgraduate study.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Arts management 
  • Communications specialist 
  • Journalist 
  • Marketer 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Public service positions 
  • Publisher 
  • Research analyst 
  • Writer

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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