Literature is fundamental to any area of study and within the Humanities Faculty is studied as a specific subject within English, American Studies, History and Comparative Literature as well as the ancient and modern languages.
At Kent literature covers the classics to the modern age, crossing the traditional boundaries of national literature programmes. Alongside notable works originally written in the English and American traditions students can study major works by Gustave Flaubert, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, Sophocles, Henrik Ibsen, Bertolt Brechts Dante, J. W. von Goethe, and Charles Baudelaire. We are delighted that our relationship with Canterbury Cathedral gives us access to their archives; and in the modern period several of our academic staff are well known authors of contemporary literary fiction and poetry.
Literature research has a strong international perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in the diversity of our teaching and research interests. Our expertise ranges from the medieval to the postmodern, including British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory, and cultural history.