The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time single honours programme within the Comparative Literature subject area.
- Subject area: Comparative Literature
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: Q202
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: Yes
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Our modules in Comparative Literature cover literature from the classics to the modern age. We investigate literary movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and Postmodernism, and also how and why literary forms have evolved in different cultures and linguistic traditions. For example: what makes a tragedy by Sophocles so different from one written by Shakespeare? How has the genre of science fiction developed across Europe? What are the similarities and differences between a novel by Jane Austen and one by Goethe? Why has the tale survived as a literary form from ancient times to the present day?
You do not need to be able to read a foreign language to take a Comparative Literature degree as we study translations into English of a great range of major literature from other countries alongside literature originally written in English.
Stage 1Core module
- The Tale
Plus 30 credits from the following:
- Childhood and Adolescence in Modern Fiction
- Freedom and Oppression in Modern Literature
- Guilt and Redemption in Modern Literature
- Introduction to Contemporary European and Hispanic Cinema
- Introduction to Literature and Science
- Literature and Nationhood
- Post-War European Cinemas
- The Romantic Movement in Europe
- Science Fiction.
You have a choice of modules drawn from the wide range offered by the Faculty of Humanities.
Stage 2/3Core module
- The Text
- The Book and the Film
- Creatures of the Night: Vampires in Literature and Film
- The Epic: From Homer to Walcott
- European Realism
- Fiction and Power
- From Dada to Kafka: The European Avant-Garde and Modernism
- Jewish Writing from the Diaspora and Israel
- Literature and Fundamentalism
- Magical Realism
- Marriage, Adultery and Divorce in 19th and Early 20th-Century Fiction
- The Novella
- Prize Winners
- Reason and Passion in 18th-Century European Fiction
- Romance: Classical to Postmodern Literature
- Science Fiction
- The Shoah in Literature, Film and Culture
- Spectacles of State: Literature, Politics and the Visual Imagination
- Travel Writing
- Writing the Body: Women Writers and Gender
The Year Abroad programmes offer you a unique opportunity to experience cultural diversity first hand, to develop intercultural competence and to benefit from exposure to different approaches to the study of comparative literature. Destinations are in various European countries, Hong Kong and in North America. A foreign language is not required as the teaching language is English, but tuition in the language of the host country will be offered if possible and it is recommended that you take advantage of your stay abroad to learn and/or practise a foreign language.
Please see the Go abroad webpages for further details.
Teaching and assessment
For most modules, you have one two-hour seminar per week. The Final-Year Dissertation is based entirely on your private research but is supervised by a tutor and includes workshops and the chance to participate in an undergraduate conference.
Assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio 50:50 or 40:60.
Studying Comparative Literature you learn to think critically, develop the skills of close reading and effective communication, and gain confidence and experience in expressing your ideas. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the job market.
Recently, our graduates have gone into careers such as teaching, publishing, marketing, radio, journalism, television and film, the Civil Service, advertising, graphic design and copywriting.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher.
- A level English Literature or English Language and Literature grade B where taken.
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