This research degree is ideal if you wish to engage critically with the study of comparative literature - or, indeed, other cultural forms, especially in the area of visual studies - across 2 or more linguistic, regional or national contexts. The focus of research in the Department of Cultures and Languages is on French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking cultures in a transnational context, and we welcome research proposals that focus comparatively on or across these areas. The Department has great expertise in a wide variety of themes both historically and geographically (in Europe, Japan and the Americas).
Indicative areas of research
Canon formation. French language literature and culture. German language literature and culture. Japanese language literature and culture. Literary and film history. Intermediality, intertextuality and translation across genres andmedia. Portuguese language literature and culture. Spanish language literature and culture. Transnational cultural theory and criticism in all the above languages. Visual culture.