Comparative literature is the study of interrelationships among literary texts, themes, periods, theories, and genres without specific regard for national or linguistic boundaries. The major in comparative literature at Beloit rests on the premise that responsible criticism of a literature requires not only a thorough knowledge of a language plus its literary and intellectual tradition, but also a careful study of at least one other literature composed in a different language, place, or time.
The major offers students opportunities to:
- develop an ability to read literature critically;
- study two or more literatures in depth;
- write criticism, translate, and, when possible, compose in the specific literary mode; and
- acquire a broad sense of literary history and tradition in accordance with the linguistic background and interests of the individual student.