Our staff engage in interdisciplinary research and research-led teaching of literatures and cultures from the European countries to China, South Asia and Australia, covering different periods, sharing a focus on World Literature. The intellectual profile of the department is broad and dynamic.
Individual staff specialisms and research profiles can be found on the Academic Staff page.
We regularly invite local, national, and international guest speakers to our research seminars. The annual George Steiner Lecture, which is renowned within and beyond the university, is delivered by particularly distinguished scholars.
While colleagues’ expertise lies in a variety of languages, our students can choose to study the literatures and cultures of the world in the English language. Students who would like to also study a modern language may apply for a joint honours degree, or learn a language of their choice at QMUL’s Language Centre. This flexibility ensures that students can design individual curricula suited to their own interests, strengths, and aspirations.
Our first-year students learn about the methodologies of literary and cultural study, the theory and practice of comparison, and hone their analytical and writing skills. Already at that early stage, single-honours students can develop their own interests by choosing two optional modules. In second and final years, all students have the opportunity to pick from a wide range of modules not only offered by Comparative Literature, but also by neighbouring departments, including Film, Modern Languages and Cultures and , and neighbouring schools, such as History and English and Drama.
We welcome graduate students who would like to deepen their knowledge of the methodology and practice of Comparative Literature, and pursue their own projects: the department offers both a taught MA programme as well as PhD study. Our doctoral students are supervised by experts in the field, and across departments if they wish. They participate in departmental and School-wide research seminars, and have often organised their own workshops, supported by the university.
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