Orpheus and Eurydice, Sathyavan Savitiri: A Comparative Study
Comparative Literature is a complete and composite discipline, which involves the literary technique of comparison. It is an academic exercise in the field of literary criticism. It is a study of literatures of two different countries crossing cultural, linguistic and national boundaries. It performs the role similar to that of the study of international relations, but works with languages and artistic traditions, so as to understand cultures from the inside. H. H. Remak, an American comparatist introduced the term ‘Comparative Literature’. He defines it as: it is the study of literature beyond the confines of one particular country and the study of the relationship between literature on one hand and the other areas of knowledge and belief on the other.
Thematology is one of the most important components of Comparative Literature. The basis of Thematology is the subject matter of literature. It started mainly under the influence of folklore study at the end of the nineteenth century. It is a study of themes, one of the traditional methods of comparing authors and literature. This article explores the theme of love in two traditional myths of India and Greece. The myths taken for analysis are Orpheus and Eurydice and Sathyavan Savitiri.
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