This programme enables you to study in Canterbury in the autumn term and in Paris in the spring term. The autumn term modules are the same as those for the standard MA in Comparative Literature.
MA in Comparative Literature (Paris)
This programme enables you to study in Canterbury in the autumn term and in Paris in the spring term. The autumn term modules are the same as those for the standard MA in Comparative Literature. The spring term modules are taught by 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.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
CP810 - Comparative Literature in Theory and Practice
CP812 - Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment in the Long Eighteenth Century
CP813 - Literature and Medicine
FR803 - Paris and the European Enlightenment
FR809 - Identity, Trauma and Sexuality in Modern French Literature
FR820 - Paris: Reality and Representation
CP807 - Diaspora and Exile
CP998 - Comparative Literature Dissertation
Assessment is by one 5,000-word essay for each module, and the dissertation.
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.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
aspects of comparative literature
Modernism as an international movement in literature and art and the role of Paris as a site of modernist experimentation
the cultural history of modern Paris, as reflected in art and literature
critical theory and its application to appreciation of literature and to a research dissertation.
You develop intellectual skills in:
language skills: reading, comprehension and communication skills in English
problem-solving skills: the ability to reason logically, critically and analogically
how to evaluate complex information critically
how to synthesise complex information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject
research methodology: gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources
academic skills: identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems. Develop reasoned arguments, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement
adaptation skills: learn to work in different environments by adapting to the educational, cultural and professional environments of England and France, while adopting an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
analyse a variety of sources, both textual and visual, in English
develop an appreciation of a variety of literary styles and art forms and their lines of divergence and convergence
develop in-depth knowledge of European culture and literature
develop a comprehensive knowledge of the cultural development of modern Paris, as expressed in literature and art
a comprehensive understanding and ability to apply and evaluate various theoretical approaches to the study of literature and other art forms.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
oral communication: the ability to communicate orally at a high standard
written communication: the ability to produce written work of a high standard, in appropriate register, in English
IT: a high level of competence in information processing using relevant databases and online research
teamwork: the ability to undertake group tasks that will encourage co-operative skills
utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations
living and working in diverse cultural environments: you will participate and work in academic communities in both Canterbury and Paris. You will thus develop cultural knowledge and understanding, flexibility, imagination, resourcefulness and tolerance.