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Comparative Literature at King's

The study of Comparative Literature at King's embraces 12 languages and six continents, and spans over 2,500 years.


We provide research-led teaching with a unique global and historical reach across the world’s literatures - the department scored 93% for teaching satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey. While developing existing strengths in modern Europe and the Americas, in recent years we have expanded into Middle Eastern, Asian and African literature. We also have a strong concentration in European classical antiquity and the classical tradition, and on the relations between literature and the visual arts. 

At the heart of our programmes are a range of specially designed courses that introduce the practices, methodologies and theories of comparative study. Optional modules allow a detailed focus on literary themes, genres, and historical periods. With its Global Institutes, multitude of Research Centres and the strengths of its Modern Language Centre, King's offers unrivalled opportunities for comparative and interdisciplinary learning and research.

We welcome applications for our BA, MA, and PhD programmes from students who are passionate about literature, who meet our entry requirements, and who wish to be part of a research community with a truly international and trans-historical outlook.

Student life

The distinctiveness of our Department is reflected in the international and cosmopolitan mix of our students, who are drawn to the global scope of our teaching and research. We have a number of social events during the year that bring together staff and students from across the Department. We also have a Comparative Literature Student Society, which organises a schedule of talks and social events, as well as a regular Graduate Reading Forum for our MA and PhD students.  Such initiatives are reflected in the high levels of overall student satisfaction (91%) achieved in the 2014 NSS.

Vibrant research community

We run research seminars every semester, with speakers from departments and disciplines across King's as well as from other universities. This draws an intercollegiate audience alongside our own students and staff. In addition, Comparative Literature at King's plays a crucial role in the London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS). This initiative grew out of a collaboration between Comparative Literature at King's and University College London (UCL).


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