Comparative literature

Comparative literature at Queen Mary is a department in its own right – a reflection of our commitment to the subject.

We make the most of our location in the culturally dynamic and diverse East End of London, working with external partners from publishers to museums.

Our staff engage in interdisciplinary research into literatures and cultures from the European countries to China, South Asia and Australia, and across many different time periods.

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Comparative Literature allows you to draw upon so much, not just books but pictures and film. I enjoy the way the lecturers link it together.
— Abida Khan, Comparative Literature (2018)

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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

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