Comparative Culture Studies


The main work of the Axe Handle Academy in Comparative Culture Studies has been carried out through the teaching of thematic, comparative literature.  While there is no intention to avoid anthropological understanding of culture, the Axe Handle Academy emphasizes the 'high' culture of both oral and literate sources.

Obvious weaknesses in work to date has been the almost exclusive emphasis on verbal art and verbal knowledge.  We welcome further development across the entire range of high culture expression from beadwork to stained glass windows, from chanting to chorales, from story-knife sketching to art film.

Our most developed comparative literature publication is Teaching Thematic Comparative Literature.


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comparative culture studies

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