Literature both reflects and shapes cultural and intellectual life. Our rich, vibrant and interdisciplinary program offers a personally rewarding experience that prepares our students for global career paths in journalism, cultural industries, and international government and non-government organisations.
Our academics specialise in a variety of languages and cultures, as well as in literature, film studies, theatre studies, cultural studies and the social sciences. Our intellectual diversity enables new ways of understanding cultural difference and negotiation, an important skill for the 21st century.
What is the relationship between literature, language and culture? What can we learn about different societies from the stories they produce? International and Comparative Literary Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary subject taught by academics with vast expertise in the languages and cultures of the world.
Our strengths in research cover the following areas, and we provide supervision and mentoring to Honours, Doctoral and Postdoctoral students in these areas:
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The third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South' was proudly hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney from 23–25 August 2019.
Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, this international conference engaged with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.