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This course is designed to provide an understanding of Comparative Literature as a subject of study and a critical practice. The core modules provide the theoretical and methodological basis for comparing texts of various genres and artefacts of different media at an advanced level. Optional modules enable the further development of these competencies and offer opportunities to develop and apply this knowledge and these skills to a range of primary texts from a wide range of languages, cultures, epochs and other contexts.
Applicants would normally be required to have a good honors degree (at least upper second class honours standard), or an equivalent qualification, in a cognate area. Applicants should normally have an advanced reading knowledge of at least one language other than English among those offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
The course has an overall ECTS "value" of 90 credits, and consists of:
* Two core modules taken by all students
* Theory and Methodology (20 ECTS)
* Moving between Cultures (20 ECTS)
* Plus two options from the range offered in a given year (10 ECTS each)
* Plus a dissertation of 15-20,000 words whose theme and approach should be comparativist (30 ECTS).
Options currently scheduled include: (1) Culture and Confinement [Coordinators: Caitríona Leahy and Peter Arnds]; (2) Dantean Echoes [Coordinator: Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin]; (3) Mythical Realism [Coordinator: Peter Arnds]; (4) Literature and Exile [Coordinator: Ciaran Cosgrove]; (5) Utopia and Science Fiction [Coordinator: Roberto Bertoni]; (6) Literary Censorship in Ireland and Czechoslovakia, 1920-1990; [Coordinator: Jana Fischerova]. With the approval of the Course Director students may be permitted to avail of 10-credit units offered on other MPhil programmes in the School.
Students who decide that they wish to continue for a research degree will be facilitated in registering on the research register in the October when they have submitted their M.Phil dissertation. In this way the MPhil in Comparative Literature may serve as the stepping-stone to a PhD or MLitt.
ASSESSMENTCandidates are assessed throughout the course by:
In order to be awarded the degree of M.Phil. in Comparative Literature candidates must satisfy the Court of Examiners by obtaining an overall pass in both the following components:
* the assessment work for core course 1, core course 2,
options 1 and 2 (combined)
* the dissertation
The two core modules each contribute 20% of the overall assessment, the options each contribute 10% and the dissertation 40%. The pass mark for all modules is 40%.