Welcome to the Department
Welcome to King’s College London and to the Comparative Literature Department! We are a department whose distinctive teaching and research spans a remarkable range of European and non-European literatures. We’re sure that your time with us will broaden your horizons and inspire your reading, writing, and thinking for many years to come.
This online handbook will provide you with key information about your degree and how the Comparative Literature Department works. It should be your first port of call for any questions you have about your studies, including how to choose your modules, make the most of your essay feedback, apply for extensions to deadlines, seek help for academic or personal issues, and much more.
In Comparative Literature, we study literatures in different languages and cultures alongside each other. This is a demanding but rewarding enterprise in which students from many countries take part. As a department we will give you both the breadth and the close focus that characterises Comparative Literature as a discipline, and will extend and deepen your knowledge of Western and non-Western literatures and their diverse interrelations. Comparative Literature is by its very nature interdisciplinary, and you will therefore also have the opportunity to take modules in a number of other departments within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, including Classics, English, Film, Modern Languages, and Theology and Religious Studies. You can also study a new language or improve your existing language skills at the Modern Language Centre.
As a King’s student, you have access to numerous libraries and institutes within King’s and the rest of the University of London, as well as world-renowned research facilities such as the British Library and the Warburg Institute. For those of you interested in film and the visual arts, King’s is close to many world-famous institutions that can enrich your studies, such as the Courtauld Gallery, the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, and the British Film Institute (BFI). In the immediate neighbourhood of King’s are the theatres of London’s famous West End, which offers the greatest concentration of high-quality theatre in the world. You will also have the opportunity to take part in the many student clubs and societies at King’s, which cover a wide range of interests including sport, theatre, journalism, political activism, and more.
Studying Comparative Literature at King’s in London is a unique and exciting experience, and we are thrilled that you have chosen to join us.
Dr Anna Bernard, Head of Department