Research in the Department is wide-ranging and crosses national, linguistic, and disciplinary borders and all of our staff are active participants in the Centre for Modern European Literature. We produce research of the highest quality, which was recognised In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, where Comparative Literature as part of Kent's submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics was ranked 3rd in the UK, with 85% of published research graded ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Our international lecturers are highly respected in their fields. All are active researchers who contribute to contemporary debates through their publications.
Centre for Modern European Literature
Through publications, lecture and seminar series and conferences, the Centre promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the field.
Centre for Critical Thought
Research in the Centre focuses on the nature and scope of critical thought from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Highly rated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, our research continues to extend boundaries and produce scholarship with impact beyond academia.
Our research: Making a difference
The Department of Comparative Literature is an international research community. We have excellent links both within the University and nationally and internationally with other prestigious institutions and publishing houses.
Our areas of expertise are wide ranging and include:
- the European avant-garde
- modernism and postmodernism
- literary theory and aesthetics
- Jewish writing
- Asian studies
- transnational modernism
- Latin American studies
- world literature
- medical humanities.
Our staff work as editors on prominent journals including Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, and also with academic publishers including Routledge and Palgrave.
Recent funding has come from the Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome and the British Academy.
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their interests and activities, and how to contact them.
In the news
Exploring the place of the short story in world literature
Dr Jeremy Scott and Dr Paul March-Russell (pictured) are contributors to the recently published Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English.
‘Zionism, The German Empire, and Africa'
In his book Dr Axel Stähler uses primary sources to explore the impact on Zionism of German imperial culture in the period 1890-1920.