Comparative Literature was part of Kent's REF2014 submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics that was ranked 3rd in the UK, with 85% of its research graded world-leading or internationally excellent. In the National Student Survey 2017, over 95% of final-year Comparative Literature students who responded to the survey were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Comparative Literature at Kent was ranked 1st for overall satisfaction.
The comparative study of literature transcends national and cultural boundaries to offer students a truly global world view. The Department of Comparative Literature at Kent offers single-honours undergraduate programmes in both Comparative Literature and World Literature, and joint honours programmes in Comparative Literature. All our programmes offer exciting opportunities to study abroad and a wide module selection.
Alongside notable works originally written in the English and American traditions, students have the opportunity to study (in English translation) a range of major literary works from other countries. Novelists such as Dickens, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Woolf, and Kafka; dramatists such as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Brecht, and Beckett; poets such as Dante, Goethe, Baudelaire, and Plath: these are just some of the major writers whose works are included on our courses.
Our postgraduate programmes (offered in both Canterbury and Paris) offer more specialist study supported by academics with track records in world-leading research. Students of literature are highly employable and progress on to a variety of career paths.