Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Comparative Literature

This research degree is ideal if you wish to engage critically with the study of comparative literature - or, indeed, other cultural forms, especially in the area of visual studies - across 2 or more linguistic, regional or national contexts. The focus of research in the Department of Cultures and Languages is on French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking cultures in a transnational context, and we welcome research proposals that focus comparatively on or across these areas. The Department has great expertise in a wide variety of themes both historically and geographically (in Europe, Japan and the Americas).

Course modules

Indicative areas of research Canon formation. French language literature and culture. German language literature and culture. Japanese language literature and culture. Literary and film history. Intermediality, intertextuality and translation across genres andmedia. Portuguese language literature and culture. Spanish language literature and culture. Transnational cultural theory and criticism in all the above languages. Visual culture.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time October 2018 - 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time January 2019 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time January 2019 - 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time April 2019 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time April 2019 - 7 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Cultures and Languages, School of Arts
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