UGC NET Syllabus for Comparative Literature

UGC NET Syllabus for Comparative Literature, Code No: 72

Comparative Literature: Comparative literature (sometimes abbreviated "Comp. lit.," or referred to as Global or World Literature) is an academic field dealing with the literature of two or more different linguistic, cultural or nation groups. While most frequently practiced with works of different languages, comparative literature may also be performed on works of the same language if the works originate from different nations or cultures among which that language is spoken. Also included in the range of inquiry are comparisons of different types of art; for example, a relationship of film to literature. Additionally, the characteristically intercultural and transnational field of comparative literature concerns itself with the relation between literature, broadly defined, and other spheres of human activity, including history, politics, philosophy, and

Question Pattern: There will be two question papers - UGC NET Examination in Comparative Literature, Paper II and Paper III. Paper II will have 100 marks in total whereas Paper III will have 150 marks in total. Paper II will cover fifty (50) objective type questions, whereas the Paper III will have seventy five (75) objective type questions, each question carrying two (2) marks. All questions are compulsory in both the papers. The objective type questions will include multiple choices, matching type, true / false and assertion-reasoning type.

Paper II & Paper III (Part A & Part B) Syllabus

Unit – I: The Epistemology of Comparative Literature

Definition and Scone of Comparative Literature

Development of the Discipline


Unit – II: Literary Historiography

History and Literary History

Elements of Literary History

Problems of Periodization

Unit – III: The Theory of Genres

Oral and Written

Ancient, Medieval and Modern

Unit – IV:

Motifs, Myths and Archetypes

The Diachronic and Synchronic Study of Themes

Unit – V: Comparative Indian Literature



Themes and Genres

Unit – VI: Literary Theory

Indian Poetics : Tamil and Sanskrit

Western Literary Theories

Unit – VII: Cross – cultural Literary Relations




Unit – VIII: Translation Studies

History of Translation – Indian and Non – Indian.

Theories of Translation.

Problems of Translation – Linguistic and Cultural.

Unit – IX: Literature and the Other Arts.

Unit – X: Literature and Other Disciplines – Literature and Cultural Studies.