Work with a critical eye in all aspects of arts and culture Studying Comparative Literature provides you with the ability to examine literature critically and from many different perspectives. You will gain insight into your own writing and see how modern texts are associated with older ones. These qualities, along with an understanding for historical change, are increasingly important in society. The knowledge provided by Comparative Literature is useful in many different fields. You could work in publishing or theatre, in the media or in teaching, or at public authorities with links to arts and culture. Critics, writers and researchers in aesthetic subjects also benefit from having studied Comparative Literature. Read about research in this subject
Historical context and modern approaches to Gothic literature This course examines key works in European and American Gothic literature and the development of the Gothic genre, focusing on a selection of canonical works and how they influenced the development of the genre. They are studied against the backdrop of their historical and literary context, as well as in relation to literary theory. The course will provide you with the skills to apply modern-day theoretical approaches to literature, such as gender, queer, and postcolonial theory. The course provides cultural competence and training in reading older English literature. Course design There are frequent guest lectures, with lecturers from both Comparative Literature and English. The course is taught through lectures and seminars, including preparation in groups, and is examined through seminar participation, a written analytical assignment and a written take-home exam.
Examine literature from modern and historical perspectives In Comparative Literature, you study literary texts in the widest sense, from the first literary texts to the present day. Literature not only includes novels and poems, but also plays and theoretical texts. Film, theatre and computer games can also be studied through the lens of Comparative Literature. This means that you read literature both against the background of its historical context and from modern critical perspectives. Are you interested in literature in general and critical reading in particular? There is a strong societal link in Comparative Literature, as literature always deals with issues relating to society, relationships and power. Older literature provides us with perspectives on contemporary societal issues and gives us the opportunity to investigate them historically and critically. Courses in Comparative Literature at Södertörn University have grown from gender theory and therefore have strong links to modern critical perspectives such as gender and queer theory and postcolonial theory. Comparative Literature at Södertörn University includes an element of creative Swedish, in which you have the opportunity to link your own writing to the texts being read, and to discuss this with your fellow students.