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Studying Comparative Literature takes you beyond national and linguistic borders, helping you to develop an intercultural and transnational understanding of diverse cultural and literary practices. To further extend your experience, you study at our Canterbury campus and our Paris School of Arts and Culture.

On this programme, you explore three main areas: themes, genres, movements and major literary figures; the interactions and exchanges between national literary traditions; and the theory and practice of comparative literature. These complementary strands encourage comparative analysis in a variety of contexts, ranging from the study of national literatures to the exploration of different genres, periods, media and literary theory.

You begin by studying a choice of four modules across the Autumn and Spring terms, before writing a 12,000-word dissertation over the summer, supervised by an expert in the department.

A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary programme, you spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities. In the spring term, you relocate to the Paris School of Arts and Culture where you study at the Columbia Global Center (located in Reid Hall) in an historic corner of Montparnasse. We offer advice and support to help you relocate to Paris; you visit Paris in the autumn term, where you meet our Paris staff and are taken on a tour of the city.

The autumn term modules are the same as those for the MA in Comparative Literature (Canterbury). The spring term modules are taught by academic staff from the University of Kent and occasional guest lecturers, ensuring consistent academic standards and assessment throughout the year. These modules are designed to be specifically relevant to the experience of living and studying in Paris. You are encouraged to make full use of Paris’ cultural resources and to integrate these into your studies. University of Kent staff are resident in Paris during the spring term to ensure year-long continuity of academic guidance and pastoral support.

Research strengths

Areas of particular research strength in Comparative Literature at Kent include the European avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism, postcolonial literature, literary theory, literature and medicine, literature and the visual arts, literature and sexuality, and literature and philosophy.

- Centre for Modern European Literature

Many of the most significant European writers and literary movements of the modern period have traversed national, linguistic, and disciplinary borders. Co-directed by members of Comparative Literature, French, and German, the Centre for Modern European Literature aims to promote collaborative interdisciplinary research that can do justice to these kinds of border crossing. Ranging across English, French, German, Italian and Spanish literature, the Centre focuses in particular on the European avant-garde, European modernism and postmodernism, literary theory, the international reception of European writers, and the relations between modern European literature and the other arts, including painting, photography, film, music and architecture. The Centre’s activities include a lecture and seminar series and the regular organisation of conferences. It also works with the editors of the postgraduate journal Skepsi, and runs the MA in Modern European Literature.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is by one 5,000-word essay for each module, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • provide the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification (MA) in one year, and to allow, if required, a smooth transition to doctoral studies
  • allow you to spend the first term in Canterbury, studying modules in comparative literature, and the second term in Paris, studying modules in French, European, English and American literatures
  • enhance your knowledge of European literature and European cinema
  • enable an in-depth exploration of areas of modern European culture
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant aspects of contemporary Paris and the cultural history of the city as reflected in modern French, European, English and American literatures and other artistic media
  • develop a critical awareness of these topics
  • build an understanding of critical theories linked with the study of these topics
  • introduce various methodological approaches
  • develop knowledge of relevant databases
  • provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • provide access to intercultural awareness and understanding
  • provide opportunities for the development of your personal, communication and research skills and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector
  • develop your critical, analytical, problem-solving and other transferable skills.

Careers

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Kent opens up a wealth of career opportunities by providing an impressive portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge.

Comparative Literature graduates develop key skills, including critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. They go on to successful careers in areas such as the media, academia and many different cultural institutions including libraries, museums and galleries.

At Kent, we are committed to enhancing the employability of all our students, equipping you with the right skills to successfully enter the competitive world of work. By living overseas, and studying at our Paris centre, you are showing employers that you are independently minded, ambitious and confident; combining these attributes with the transferable skills we help you to develop throughout your studies makes you very attractive to future employers.

By studying in Paris's rich cultural and international environment, you are able to increase your cultural awareness as well as develop advanced language skills, which are invaluable assets for many careers.


Visit the Comparative Literature - MA (Canterbury and Paris) page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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