MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts (SCLA)

The MA program in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts is an interdisciplinary and inter-faculty program that focuses on the study of literature from different cultures and examines the ways in which literature enters into dialogue with the fine and performing arts. Students critically explore contemporary approaches to texts of various types, as well as the possibilities and problems that arise in comparative studies, including issues related to the translation and adaptation of works. Through coursework, students are encouraged to develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of how works of art or cultural production evolve, are received, and are interpreted.

The SCLA program has been designed to challenge students with an interest in the multi- and interdisciplinary collision of ideas in the Humanities, particularly questions of comparison between different forms of creative expression. In the context of advanced interdisciplinary inquiry, it provides the opportunity for the conjunction of a range of different languages and theoretical perspectives. Literature and the languages of the Visual Arts, Music, and Dramatic Arts are investigated in the context of dynamic comparability. Such generative encounters provide students (and indeed, teaching Faculty) with the opportunity for the development of fresh insights, rich innovative methodological terrains, and the creation of new concepts and post-disciplinary ideas.

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While the program offers both a thesis option and a major research paper (MRP) option, students are strongly encouraged to pursue the major research option, as the additional coursework required by this stream provides more opportunity for comparative analysis across the arts. For more information on the degree requirements for pursuing a thesis or major essay, see the graduate calendar.

The major research paper may be an analytical / theoretical essay OR a research-creation project. Research-creation guidelines are available here: SCLA research creation

Students choosing the thesis option must submit a proposal to the Graduate Director to be considered by the Graduate Committee prior to classes commencing in the fall for acceptance into the thesis stream.

Applying to the program

For admission information and application links, please consult:

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To see SCLA Policies and Procedures, click SCLA Handbook 2023

Located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, the MA program in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts honours and respects the specificities of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples who live here today. Our respect is extended to the diversity in our communities, and we seek to include everyone regardless of race, age, ability, economic status, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe that the pursuit of academic and creative excellence is only achievable if all can participate to their full potential. We also recognize the complexity of identity, and we foster a space where identities can be expressed without bias and where they freely intersect and evolve.