Comparative Literature research
The Department of Comparative Literature at Kent prides itself on being a research-intensive community committed to work of the highest quality. Our staff are all engaged in research that crosses national, linguistic, and, in some cases, disciplinary borders. Our activities range from individual research projects to collaborative enterprises. The department enjoys an excellent relationship with other departments within the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), especially staff in the Department of Modern Languages, as well as with the School of English and the School of Arts.
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 published research graded 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
Staff research areas
The Department of Comparative Literature is a thriving research community in which the emphasis is placed upon interdisciplinary and collaborative work as well as individual research projects of the highest quality in the following key areas: the European avant-garde; modernism and postmodernism; literary theory and aesthetics; Jewish writing; literature and fundamentalism; and medical humanities. All of our staff are active participants in the Centre for Modern European Literature. For information on staff research interests and current research projects, see our individual staff profiles in Comparative Literature.