Comparative literature


Science that adopts a transnational perspective to study the similarities and differences between various cultures in the field of literature. The topics may also include comparisons between different artistic media such as literature, theatre, and film.

Alternative labels

the study of literary comparison
literary comparison studies

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Essential knowledge

Comparative literature is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Optional knowledge

Comparative literature is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Literary scholar: Literary scholars research works of literature, history of literature, genres, and literary criticism in order to appraise the works and the surrounding aspects in an appropriate context and to produce research results on specific topics in the field of literature.




  1. Comparative literature – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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