Comparative LiteratureMaster of Arts (MA)
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
It is a comparative study of Max Frisch’s 1954 novel Stiller and Roman Polanski’s 1976 psychological thriller The Tenant. I focus on the issues of identity and doubling and how the clash between the subjective identity and the imposed/expected societal identity leads the protagonists to adopt various forms of doubling and alter identities.
Where’s your favourite place on campus to work/study/research?
In my study space at Weldon library because it is very private and quiet, so I can concentrate on my studies. Also, it has a great view!
Where is “home” for you?
Home is not a specific geographical location. For me, home is the place where I am happy, where I am with the people I love and care about
What’s your favourite book? The Little Prince
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The incredible support of the faculty members first and foremost.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
It is not advice – just that you will enjoy every second of it.
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Graduate Affairs Assistant
Department of Modern Languages and LiteraturesWestern University
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London, Ontario N6A 3K7
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Western’s program in Comparative Literature has recognized strengths in various literatures (especially – but not limited to – American, Canadian, Classical, English, French & Francophone, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish). What distinguishes it from similar programs across the country (Toronto, Alberta, Montreal...) is the insistent focus on critical theory, postcolonial literature, East-West cultural relationships and inter-media studies (particularly visual art and film). Many of those teaching in the program are well established scholars of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and 18-20th-century cultures. Our MA students are employed as Teaching Assistants.
- 3 Terms (1 year)
- Full-time study
- Course work and major research paper
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Honours B.A. degree.
- A minimum average of B+ (78%) for the last two years of study.
- In addition to proficiency in English, the M.A. Program requires for admission proficiency – at a level sufficient to read original texts and pursue graduate-level work – in a language in which research can be supported by the Program's core faculty (please see ELP requirements below).
- A sample of written work in English (no less than 10 pages, no more than 20 pages).
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 610 for the paper and pencil version, 255 for the computer version, or 102 for the internet version with no individual score below 20. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 7.5 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). A minimum of 90 overall with no score under 85 on each of the three parts, plus the oral/speaking component is required for entry.
- February 1 - Acceptance notification at the beginning of March