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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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The Variation Theory proposed by the local comparativist Shunqing Cao can be considered as an optimal choice to the future of comparative literature.
It employs Fine's method of marshalling diverse sources with a broad chronological visionary scope toward a diachronic, object- and text-centered comparativist and international approach to interpreting the Jewish past with implications for the future.
Another problem with much older scholarship is its curious provincialism, its lack of comparativist dimension, meaning that the GDR was often seen as something absolutely sui generis; recent scholarship on Eastern European culture should be a pointer to GDR scholars to develop comparative perspectives of their own.
Among the topics are a comparativist critique of US judicial review of fundamental rights cases: exceptionalisms, paradoxes, and contraditions; leaving behind the Commonwealth model of rights review: Ireland as an example of collaborative constitutionalism; intermediate constitutional review in Finland: promising in theory but problematic in practice; the Spanish experience of rights-based review, or how constitutional case law has been more principled than legislation in defense of fundamental rights; and whether the Belgian Constitutional Court has become a body subordinated to the European Court of Human Rights.
But UCLA comparativist Dominique Jullien, who discussed how the texts would float in the classroom, was less enthusiastic.
The contours of this subdiscipline are still taking shape as other communication subdisciplines--for example, media sociology, global media studies, critical and cultural studies, and the like--have fashioned their own comparativist research projects.
In my understanding, a comparativist is invested neither in demonstrating the intrinsic connections between cultural or literary objects as traditional practitioners of comparative literature have been, nor committed to disclosing incommensurable differences, as postcolonial comparativists have been.
as many of us abbreviate it today, she does acknowledge that his work as a comparativist from a modern point of view is problematic in some ways: for example, his comparisons are "purposefully unsystematic, teleological and highly selective" (267).
Much of his own argument is produced by his analysis of similar individual passages, as he works toward finding a way of shaping a "postcolonial philology," which will have the comparativist aims of traditional philology but will open up its "Eurocentric universalism" to "address the full diversity of linguistic and literary formations of human culture and society" (pp.
Paul Lauter's defence of a comparativist model for the study of American Literature (1991) is acknowledged as an inspiration for this collection (2001: 10).
After that, the remaining eleven chapters open almost entirely onto comparativist terrain.