German at Kent offers an ideal environment for the postgraduate study of literature and culture within a broadly European context. The research interests of our staff cover the entire modern period both within German-speaking countries and across Europe, and include poetry, the European avant-garde, women’s writing, modernism, postmodernism and literary theory. Members of the department are experienced in running international projects and have attracted external funding from prestigious sources such as the Leverhulme Trust and the Humboldt Foundation. In addition to the expertise of our staff, all postgraduates in German benefit from the activities co-ordinated by the Centre for Modern European Literature, including lectures by distinguished guest speakers, research seminars, conferences and reading groups. The MA programme enjoys a broader perspective than many purely German MA programmes, since the University of Kent is one of the few British universities to have a dedicated Department of Comparative Literature.
This MA is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of modern German literature within a broader European context. Kent is one of the few universities in the UK to have a thriving Comparative Literature Department, giving you the opportunity to hone your literary and analytical skills not only on German texts, but also on a broader range of modern literature.
The programme is suitable both for those who wish to take their undergraduate studies a stage further and for those who wish to go on to a career in literary studies or intend to do a PhD.