Comparative Literature is a rich, interdisciplinary field, affording students the opportunity to study literature across national borders, languages, cultures, time periods, genres and social fields, and to engage with disciplines as various as history, translation studies, philosophy, psychology, critical theory, religious studies, sociology, politics, and the creative arts.
Let’s take as an example the following introduction to a comparative essay: William Shakespeare’s sonnets 115 and 116 have long been seen as a pair. Both sonnets explore how the passage of time affects love. They also share a common vocabulary. Each poem describes how Time “alters” things, and each claims that whereas other poems “do.