World Literature majors at the Smith College explore images, ideas and aesthetic forms that travel the world. They also come to recognize deep cultural contrasts: to see that birth, love, community, happiness and death are all experienced and represented differently from region to region and era to era. In these ways, they start to see their own culture differently in the light of the new ones they encounter.
Students will become sophisticated readers of texts whether literary or not. As such they will be able to:
- Identify rhetorical devices from the highly ornate to the “dormant” metaphor
- Identify the tone of a work—satiric, epic, tragic, etc.
- Distinguish levels of meaning within a work
Students will be able to think comparatively and express their thoughts in cogent prose. As such they will be able to:
- Compare literary passages by identifying their formal features
- Situate a given text in its historical and comparative context
- Build a coherent argument
- Use theoretical writings to underpin their readings of a text
- Reflect on what literature is and compare it to other type of discourses
- Correctly cite sources
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- Comparative Literature
- Journeys in World Literature
- Western Classics: Homer to Dante
- Western Classics: Cervantes to Tolstoy
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesLiterature View 1124 other Masters in Literature in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Common Application or Coalition Application
- Smith Writing Supplement
- Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
- Counselor Recommendation
- Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
- Official SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*
- Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)
International53940 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 53940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National53940 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 53940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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