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A person who employs the comparative method, as in studying literature.

[French comparatiste, from comparative, comparative, from comparer, to compare; see compare.]


(kəmˈpærəˌtɪst) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who carries out comparative studies, esp a student of comparative literature or comparative linguistics
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Ofengenden's recent publications include "Language, Body, Dystopia: The Passion for the Real in Orly-Castle-Bloom's Dolly City," The Comparatist (2014), "Monotheism the Incomplete Revolution: Narrating the Event in Freud's and Assmann's Moses," symploke: a journal for the intermingling of literary, cultural and theoretical scholarship (2015), and the single-authored book Introduction to the Poetry of Abraham Schlonsky (2014).
In this interview, the distinguished comparatist and translator Michael Beard addresses questions posed by fellow literature scholars: Ferial Ghazoul, Barbara Harlow, Samia Mehrez, Amy Motlagh, Kamran Rastegar, and Doris Shoukri.
The cumulative effect of the suggestion of a multiculturalist origin for Western civilisation, the theoretical turn in the humanities, the metamorphosis of English literature into Literatures in English, and the postcolonial theorists' displacement of '"the European metropolis from the traditional center of comparatist attention'" (Damrosch 2009: 510) was that, by the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the traditional, two-tiered canon of major authors and minor authors was transformed into a more populous--all the same, exclusionary and hierarchical--order, which the comparatist David Damrosch characterises thus:
However, what we see through the comparatist lens is the transferability of these concepts, even to the extent that they are used to construct and critique white barbarism against both a native and a foreign sophistication.
The topics include conceptions of purity in Egyptian religion, aspects of purity in the Phoenician world, Greek and comparatist reflexions on food prohibitions, sacral purity and social order in ancient Rome, the relevance of purity in Second Temple Judaism according to Ezra-Nehemiah, purity concepts in Jewish traditions of the Hellenistic Period, and the evolution of purity at Qumran.
The proposition rests on what every comparatist learns, namely that the legal system of every society faces essentially the same problems, and solves these problems by quite different means though very often with similar results.
Gros's thoughts are always directed outward, in true comparatist fashion, to literatures and literary genres in the rest of the world, thereby giving early Tamil literature a place in world genres writ large.
Beyond Translation: A Comparatist Look at Tragic Paradigms and the
After all, for a comparatist doing influence or thematic studies, what is the worth, or where indeed is the logic, of comparing a literary work with a watered-down, distorted translation?
The book's chapters unite new essays with previously published material, and exhibit the divagations of a powerful intellect and comparatist sensibility across a two-decade period.
Few topics are more prone to the comparatist touch that the regimes of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.