Comparative Literature deals with all kinds of fiction, which are studied in relation to society - historically and analytically. Our subject covers the dominant oral, written and visual media of its time.
About the subject
Our overarching aim is to provide a knowledge of literary history, as well as interpretive tools to further a deeper understanding of literature and drama.
We also want to give our students the opportunity to independently benefit from and participate in discussions around comparative literature. The idea of conveying the subject is central; many of our students will be active in culture and the arts, and will work on different methods for conveying literature and drama. This is one reason why we offer a popular Creative Writing course as an integrated part of the courses at Bachelor's (first cycle) level. In this way, we wish to promote a close up approach to language and literature, through exercises and discussions about the student's own writing, which will have a literary focus in the first semester and focus more on reviews and essays in the second semester.
At Södertörn University, first cycle Comparative Literature is given with two emphases, one that is general and one that focuses on drama. The subject also includes a practical course, Dramatic Acting.
The gender perspective is emphasised throughout, both in the view of history and interpretively. We use postcolonial and global perspectives. A range of approaches and methods are introduced, as is a basic knowledge of literary and theatrical history.
Independent analytical ability and language use are practised in the Creative Writing module, which entails writing short fictional texts linked to the literature, as well as more factual texts such as essays and reviews of literature and theatre.
At second-cycle level we have a range of courses and a Master's programme on which students receive training in writing for the general public in publications for culture and the arts or similar. These studies may lead the student into research. (Admission Spring 2014.)
Dramatic Acting (A and B) highlights the significance of reading and understanding the text in stage work, on a course that combines theory and practice.