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Course Detail

Course Name Comparative Literature
Course Code 18ELL532
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

History of Comparative Literature-Development of different schools-theory and methods of Comparative Literature-Theoretical perspectives-Comparison between Indian and Western Aesthetics.
K. AyyappaPaniker: ‘The Western Epic Tradition and Ezhuthachan’s Epics’

Unit 2

Thematology – Motifs, Myths and Archetypes – The study of Themes.

Unit 3

Geneology – Western and Indian Categorisation – Literary History – Problems and Issues in Periodization.

Unit 4

Cross cultural Literary Relations – Influence – Analogy – Reception – Cultural History in Post Colonial Nations-aesthetic appeal.

Unit 5

Translation Studies – Comparative Indian Literature – Traditions and Movements.


To introduce the students to the intellectual literary relations; to make the students appreciate the similarities and differences in human thoughts; to make the students understand the people of the people of the globalized world in the proper perspective.

Core Reading

  1. Weisstein Ulrich (ed). Comparative Literature and Literary Theory. Survey and Introduction. Bloomington. Indiana University Press.
  2. Krishnan, K M. Ed. Between The Lines: A Textbook of Comparative Literature. Thrissur: Current Books, 2012.
  3. Ramakrishnan, E V. Locating Indian Literature. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2011.
  4. Ramakrishnan, E V et al. Interdisciplinary Alter-natives in Comparative Literature. Delhi: SAGE, 2013.
  5. Satchidanandan, K. Ed. K. AyyappaPaniker: Selected Essays. New Delhi: SahityaAkademi, 2017.


  1. Zepetnek, Steven Totosy De, Tutun Mukherjee.Companion to Comparative Literature, World Literatures and Comparative Cultural Studies. Cambridge: CUP, 2012.
  2. Susan Bassnett. Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction. Blackwell.
  3. Amiya Dev and Sisir Kumar Das (Ed) Comparative Literature: Theory & Practice. Allied Publishers. New Delhi.
  4. Ramakrishnan, E V. Indigenous Imaginaries : Literature, Region, Modernity. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2017.

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