Comparative Literature and Culture

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The research interests of our staff and postgraduate students are extremely wide-ranging. Current work includes projects on Alice in Wonderland and fashion, the Marquis de Sade, Paul Celan and Hans Blumenberg. Research in Comparative Literature and Culture takes place within the department, but also spans departments in the School and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We enjoy dynamic collaborations with colleagues across the university, and with a range of external partners/organisations, including Liberty of London and the V&A Museum of Childhood.  

Research clusters currently active include:

Children's Literature, Children's Lives


Department Members and Research Interests: 


Professor Galin Tihanov (Chair of Department of Comparative Literature and Culture, George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature and SLLF Director of Graduate Studies)

Comparative Literature and Intellectual History; Genealogies of Cosmopolitanism; Narratives of Exile and Diasporic Cultures; Cultural and Literary Theory; World Literatures; Constructions of European Identity; The Future of the Humanities


Dr Angus Nicholls (Senior Lecturer in German and Comparative Literature)

Literature and the human sciences, literary theory, literature and philosophy, German thought 1750 until the present, Anglo-German cultural relations, theories of myth, Goethe, Germans in Australia


Professor Leonard Olschner (Centenary Professor of German and Comparative Literature)

Comparative literature, German literature, Goethe, Lichtenberg, twentieth-century poetry, German-Jewish writing, literature of the Shoah, exile studies, Paul Celan, T.W. Adorno, translation and translation studies


Dr Kiera Vaclavik (Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature)

Children's literature and culture, world literature, fashion, space and place


Dr Will McMorran (Senior Lecturer In French & Comparative Literature)

Comparative Literature, the Marquis de Sade, Fiction and Ethics, Cognitive Approaches to Reading Fiction 


Dr Shital Pravinchandra (Lecturer in Comparative Literature)

Postcolonial studies, Literatures of South Asia, World literature, Medical humanities, Contemporary Anglophone literature


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