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Comparative Literature currently has 11 members of permanent research-active staff and 10 postgraduate researchers. We are committed to advancing the global scope of the discipline of Comparative Literature while retaining our traditional strengths in modern and classical European languages.  


Our areas of expertise range exceptionally widely across languages, geographies, historical periods, and media.

Particular strengths include:

  • Classical literature and its reception; 
  • European literature of the Eigtheenth and Nineteenth Century;
  • Literature’s relationship to religion, human rights and revolution;  
  • Middle Eastern, African and South Asian literatures; 
  • Poetry and poetics; and
  • Relationships between literature, music and visual art.


The Department has enjoyed considerable success in securing grants and awards from the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and European funders. A number of our PGR students are funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership or by external bodies. 

We also run a regular, well-attended research seminar: past speakers have included Gilbert Achcar, Emily Apter, and Franco Moretti. 

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The Department of Comparative Literature at King’s has a vibrant postgraduate research culture, with doctoral candidates contributing to teaching and research.

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