Studying literature is creative and intellectual exercise, studying. It helps in shaping thoughtful, smart individuals who understand the world and its happenings from a deeper perspective.
Literature is a massive repository of world-class knowledge condensed in the form of written (or visual and artistic) works which enjoy excellence.
If you wish to attain such level of acquaintance with literature, then I recommend that you pursue higher education in it from some outstanding university.
Of course, hard work counts as much as a good university in determining how far you will go. This being said, a good university reduces much of the workload and gives you a good start.
Considering there are many excellent universities, you might end up facing a dilemma.
To ease out the confusion which may affect you, I have compiled a list of 5 top universities in the world.
The universities mentioned below have performed the best on many indicators including student-teacher ratio, curriculum, exposure to world literature, the methodology of teaching, and others. With this, let us take a look at them.
- University of Oxford.
One of the greatest centers of Literature in the whole world is the University of Oxford. The course in Literature is said to be the most comprehensive, allowing you to study English language and Literature from its formative years. The course is not limited to British Literature and covers prominent literary works from all over the world.
Here, at Oxford, you shall get the real taste of the world of literature, and you will be taught by a slew of greatest scholars in the field. Moreover, you will have access to Oxford’s library, notably the Bodleian Library, which is said to hold a mind-blowing collection of literary works from many periods and authors. Out of 500 best universities in the world for 2019, University of Oxford ranked No. 5th.
- Harvard University.
It is no surprise that Harvard University is on the list; after all, it is the best at what it does. It runs a Department of Comparative Literature, which is presently one of the most dynamic and creative educational departments of all time. Harvard University ranked No. 4th in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best universities in the world 2019.
Here the scholars will educate and train you in world literature. They will ensure that you understand the various layers of literature against many contexts, such as globalization, multilingualism, critical theory, and politics.
As the name of the department suggests, you will go through a bulk of literature from all over the world and engage yourself in comparative studies in a critical manner. You will not find any dearth of resource material for such an extensive exercise, considering that the University has the largest collection of library resources in the world.
- University of Cambridge.
The University of Cambridge enjoys a reputation for educational excellence, particularly in the field of literature. It has been a center of study for many major literary scholars and has been home to many who have produced valuable works which you now study. The University of Cambridge ranked No. 3 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best universities in the world 2019.
The Faculty of English and the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic have come up with extensive and interesting course work for students who are interested in literature. The faculty has been operating ever since the year 1919 and has been regarded as the best in the world.
Here, the courses available teach not just English Literature and try to provide a wholesome perspective on the subject. They also include subjects such as History and classical languages which supplement the study of Literature from older periods.
- University of California, Los Angeles.
The Department of Literature was established more than 40 years ago and has produced a well-established network of highly admirable alumni who have contributed immensely to the development of literature. The department does not claim that it is dedicated to English Literature. Instead, it claims that it engages in literature from all over the world.
The Department runs courses and engages in research work in many languages such as Latin, Greek, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Russian to offer better exposure to students into the literary world. It presently offers four undergraduate courses: Literature in Spanish, Literature in English, Writing, and World Literature and Culture. You can also apply for a Master in Fine Arts in Writing or doctoral studies. The University of California, Los Angeles ranked No. 11 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best universities in the world 2019.
- Yale University.
For more than 50 years, Yale University has ensured qualitative study into literature as a result of which it has become a center of literary excellence. It runs the Department of Comparative Literature which produces coursework embodying inter-cultural studies and exhaustive comparative perspectives on world literature. The faculty aims to develop a multidisciplinary approach towards literature by emphasizing on theoretical, interpretative and critical aspects of Literature study. Yale University ranked No. 19 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best universities in the world 2019.
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