The Master's program in English-Comparative Literature has been tailored to satisfy the need of talented students who are armed with an outstanding knowledge in English and Arabic literatures and who enjoy a convenient proficiency in the two languages. With its unique courses and research-focused learning methodologies, the Master's program in English- Comparative Literature will provide them with ample opportunities for looking beyond the national frontiers or geo-cultural boundaries of literary texts, and for studying literature within international and comparative contexts, by creating a dialogue between literary works and exploring the adaptation and reception of these works within different historical and ideological contexts.
The MA program in English-comparative literature is a 36-hour course comprising two pathways; dissertation writing and comprehensive exam. Irrespective of the chosen pathway, students have to successfully complete 21 core credit hours. Students who choose the dissertation-based pathway must also study 9 optional credit hours and a dissertation unit in which they will engage in a supervised research on a topic of their choice and submit a dissertation up to 15,000 words. On the other hand, students who decide to take the comprehensive exam must choose 15 optional credit hours, and sit for a final comprehensive exam at the end of their MA program.
The MA Program in English-Comparative Literature, taught by experts in the field, will:
- Introduce students to the history and nature of Comparative Literature as a discipline.
- Explore interdisciplinary, cross-national approaches to literature and critical theory.
- Prepare students with the necessary skills which will enable them to produce professional research in the field of comparative studies.
- Enable students to complete a substantial dissertation or to sit for a written, comprehensive exam.
The specific objectives of the program are:
- Trace and examine the comparative concepts and contexts of the translated literature.
- Present and discuss the themes and aesthetic configurations of post-modern literature.
- Acquaint students with postcolonial genres and themes such as travel writing, memory, trauma, exile, expatriation, immigration, emigration and citizenship.
- Examine Arabs’ reception and adaptation of Western literature and vice versa.
- Create a dialogue between male and female authored texts and examine the competing ideologies of language and authorship that inform their writings.
Graduates of this program should be able to demonstrate:
- Basic mastery of authors or literary traditions across national boundaries.
- Critical and analytical skills in the interpretation and evaluation of literary texts.
- High-level proficiency in literary research and in the synthesis of research.
- Ability to develop and delimit a research question and conduct independent comparative literary study.
- Ability to situate works from two or more literary traditions within their historical, cultural and discursive context.
- Mastery of a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to texts and adopting them for comparative textual studies.