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Literature is an art or artistic creation that uses means of expression through language. Language and literature are expression tools that offer insight into the elements that form a culture, the particular characteristics of a society or social group in terms of spirituality, intellect, emotion and physical environment. The literature discipline explores the interrelations of literature with other kinds of cultural objects, such as films, digital media and the visual arts.

Disciplines similar to literature are history, languages and philosophy. Main subjects of courses in literature include: cultural and literature, topics in literary research, reading fiction, poetry, modern drama, classical literature, women's literature.

Apart from advanced knowledge of literary studies, students will expand their creativity and communication skills. The study of literature provides general knowledge in many fields of interest, enabling analytical thinking of students and developing their ability to make solid arguments on any given subject. Literature graduates will become critical readers and writers and will gain academic skills to conduct original research in the field of literary studies.

Graduates can find jobs in a variety of fields working as: editors, teachers, writers, book reviewers / journalists, historians and researchers.

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Suggested PhDs in Literature

Ph. D. Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature at University of Kent offers an excellent environment for the postgraduate study of literature beyond national and linguistic borders. A PhD in Comparative Literature enables you to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research on a topic that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is worthy of publication.

United Kingdom
PhD Comparative Literature

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, offers opportunities for graduate study in a wide variety of literary traditions, with emphasis on historical coverage, on issues of influence and reception, and on critical and theoretical approaches ranging from textual criticism to cultural studies.

United States
PhD Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature at Cornell is a highly selective, interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. Students receiving the degree go on to teach in a variety of different academic departments or to pursue work in a variety of creative fields.

United States