Comparative Literature and Culture

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Why Queen Mary?

Faculty Expertise: Our faculty members are recognised leaders in their respective fields, with linguistic expertise in French, German, Hindi, Russian and Spanish. Our research interests are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, and include children’s literature (Vaclavik), ethics and literature (McMorran), philosophy and literature (Nicholls), translation studies (Olschner), postcolonial studies (Pravinchandra) and cosmopolitanism (Tihanov).

Research Culture: The department organises regular research seminars featuring our own postgraduate students and staff in the QMUL community as well as outside speakers from the University of London and beyond. Every year, the department hosts the annual . Named after the eminent comparatist George Steiner, who has a long-standing affiliation with QMUL, the event is one of the highlights of our research event calendar. Previous speakers have included Marina Warner, Terence Cave, David Damrosch, Susan Bassnett, Haun Saussy and, most recently, Emily Apter.

Our staff and students are active participants in LINKS, the London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies.

Our students benefit from London’s incomparable array of resources for research in multiple disciplines and languages. Besides QMUL’s own libraries, our students have free access to materials in the University of London Library at Senate House, the individual libraries of the various colleges of the University of London and the specialist libraries of the British Film Institute, the Warburg and the Courtauld. The outstanding collections at the British Library are also close at hand. 

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