MA in Comparative Literature

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages

Program Description

MA in Comparative Literature

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages

MA in Comparative Literature

The MA in Comparative Literature is aimed at graduates in modern languages who are seeking to consolidate their knowledge in a wider context, graduates in English and/or American Literature wishing to diversify their interests, and graduates in a range of other Humanities subjects (including History, Philosophy, and Theology) who would like to bring their preoccupations to bear on literary material. Non-linguists are able to study exclusively through the medium of English while modern linguists (in French, German, Italian, and Spanish) have the opportunity to read extensively in their specialist language or languages.

The MA programme is designed to offer students the opportunity to study a range of major writers and key themes in European and American literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. Students take four 30-credit taught modules during the Autumn and Spring terms, and write one 12,000-word dissertation (60 credits) over the summer.


Students on the MA in Comparative Literature take at least three of the following Comparative Literature modules (subject to availability):

  • CP805 European Modernism: Sexual and Textual Deviance
  • CP808 Writing the Self: Autobiography in the Modern Period
  • CP810 Comparative Literature in Theory and Practice
  • CP811 Writing Unreason: Literature and Madness in the Modern Period
  • CP813 Literature and Medicine

Modules offered by the departments of French and German that are particularly suitable for students studying for the MA in Comparative Literature, and that may be taken as an alternative to one of the above modules, include (subject to availability):

  • FR807 Postmodern French Detective Fiction
  • FR872 Theories of Art in Modern French Thought
  • GE804 German Modernism
  • GE807 Writing the City: The Modern Metropolis in German Literature

Upon successful completion of their four coursework modules, students proceed to write a dissertation over the summer.

Students on the MA also have the opportunity to attend the research seminar series organized by the Centre for Modern European Literature.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 31, 2015
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1 year
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5,100 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
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Duration 1 year
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