Comparative Literature - BA (Hons) Program By University of Kent |Top Universities

University of Kent

Canterbury campus, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep

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What makes a tragedy by Sophocles so different from one written by Shakespeare? How has the genre of science fiction developed across Europe? What can a book say that a film cannot? Comparative Literature develops your understanding of historical and cross-cultural literary traditions while broadening your critical knowledge of literature.
Overview Comparative Literature is the study of literature, time periods, languages and genres, and crosses the boundaries between literature and other forms of human expression, including film, visual arts and popular culture.
The Department of Comparative Literature at Kent was one of the first of its kind in the country. Our research feeds into our teaching, and creates an inclusive and stimulating environment. In addition to the timetabled lectures and seminars, you are invited to participate in events including literary readings, guest lectures and seminars.
Our degree programme Discover works from Europe and the Americas, Asia and Africa, looking at genres including the novel, the short story, poetry, autobiography, drama, and the epic, with a particular emphasis on how literary forms have evolved in different cultures and linguistic traditions.
Explore questions such as: How have writers such as James Joyce engaged with Greek mythology? What is the evolution of the fairy tale from Charles Perrault to Walt Disney? In what ways might an English nineteenth-century novel of female adultery relate to a French, German, or Russian one?
Comparative Literature covers works from the ancient classics of Greece and Rome to the modern age, offering you the opportunity to develop an understanding of historical and cross-cultural literary traditions and the ways in which they interact, while broadening your critical knowledge of literature and culture.
Themes and areas you will explore include fiction and power; sex and gender; childhood and adolescence; crime fiction; literature and testimony; literature and seduction and creative writing.
You do not need to be able to read a foreign language to take a degree in Comparative Literature. While we encourage you to engage with foreign languages, you study translated works alongside literature originally written in English.

About University

Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities, we offer you outstanding teaching, world-leading research, safe and welcoming study locations, and a superb student experience. We offer a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, exciting study abroad and year in industry opportunities, summer schools, and a generous scholarship fund including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence and dedicated scholarships for international students. The UK’s European university, Kent has beautiful UK campuses close to London, and specialist postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels


With a student body representing over 157 nationalities you can have fun on a global scale. Take part in Worldfest, Europe Day and celebrate events such as Holi, Thanksgiving, Chinese New year and more. Your international student experience will be completely unique and will equip you for every aspect of your life and career. 

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We are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students. We do this through employability-focused degrees, internship opportunities, our award-winning careers advisory service, and a range of extra-curricular opportunities to boost your CV and develop your employability skills. 

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All of our academic schools produce world-class research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 elite Russell Group universities. Because our academics are engaged in high level research as well as teaching, you study with some of the most influential thinkers in your field. If you don’t yet have the required qualifications or level of English language, we offer flexible pre-sessional courses and the International Foundation Programme to enable you to progress to your chosen degree. Free English lessons are also available during your studies.


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