Essays on comparative literature are very popular among educators in English and liberal arts courses. You were likely asked to write a comparison that features Hamlet at some point, or will be in the future.
However, the breadth and variety of the topics tends to be overwhelming. It can be challenging to summarize the various national and periodic traditions concisely and similarly.
In many cases, you will be unable to do so, as literature can vary widely, particularly across genres. However, you can improve your literature paper and achieve an excellent result by following several tips.
First of all, you should decide on the presentation you will employ in the work. You can separate the paper by topics and compare the two traditions side by side. This structure is best if you have definite ideas about parallels you can draw between them.
However, if you do not find any points of reference the information you have, you can still complete the essay. In such a case, you should divide the body of the paper into two sections, with each providing an overview of a period.
These considerations may help in your writing process:
Try to use titles that identify the topic clearly, such as “French Romantic Fiction.”
Try to connect every broad statement you make to the thesis. This structure will make your essay coherent and well-organized.
Do not be afraid to voice an original idea that you cannot support with evidence. The purpose of a critical essay is to help you develop a unique view.
You can find a selection of comparative literature topics, comparative literature essay prompts, and comparative literature essay examples as well as other useful samples at IvyPanda.
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