Definition of comparative literature noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


comparative literature

BrE BrE//kəmˌpærətɪv ˈlɪtrətʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˌpærətɪv ˈlɪtrətʃər//
, also NAmE//kəmˌpærətɪv ˈlɪtrətʃʊr//
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an area of study that involves reading and comparing books from different parts of the world, and focusing on the influence that one country's literature has on the others She studied comparative literature with a focus on English, German and Iranian authors.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: comparative literature