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The study of Comparative Literature at King's embraces ten languages and five continents, and spans over 2,500 years. We provide research-led teaching with a distinctive global and historical reach across the world’s literatures. Our areas of expertise include Middle Eastern, South Asian, African, Caribbean, modern European, and classical European literature. We also have a strong concentration in the classical tradition and its reception, poetry and poetics, literature and human rights, and the relations between literature and other art forms.  

At the heart of our programmes are a range of specially designed modules that introduce the practices, methodologies and theories of comparative literary study. Optional modules allow a detailed focus on literary themes, genres, and historical periods. We achieve high levels of overall student satisfaction, and a number of staff have received King’s Teaching Excellence awards.  

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

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International

International

The Department partners with a number of global institutions, both in Europe and the US

Alumni

Alumni

Department of Comparative Literature alumni relations and other information

People

People

People pages and academic profiles for the Department of Comparative Literature

Governance

Governance

Governance Staff and Student Liaison Committee meeting Chair, meeting dates, members and minutes

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Undergraduate

Undergraduate

Undergraduate opportunities with the King's Department of Comparative Literature

Postgraduate

Postgraduate

Postgraduate opportunities with the King's Department of Comparative Literature

Our Connections

Our Connections

Introducing the Comparative Literature Department's outreach projects and international…

Research

Research

Key research information, including current and past Department research projects and their impact