Department of English and Comparative Literature

Welcome to English and Comparative Literature

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Cervantes. Bukowski. Dostoevsky. Self. At Goldsmiths English and Comparative Literature is critical and creative. From classical literature and linguistics, to creative writing and contemporary fiction, we focus on combining a core of modern specialisms with a coverage of literature that goes from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, so you can do a traditional English degree with us or a more comparative or creative one.

Whether you want to become an award-winning writer or apply your studies to another career, you’ll leave with a University of London degree that’s as rigorous as it is respected  – our graduates go on to gain the highest-paid jobs (Unistats 2011) and we are ranked within the top 25 departments in the UK (QS World Rankings 2013). 


"I chose Goldsmiths because of the exciting courses they offered on the English and Comparative Literature degree. Having a forum to discuss and debate opened my eyes to a fun way of learning and importantly gave me confidence not only in my own thoughts but in expressing them openly."

Pippa Roscoe
(BA English and Comparative Literature, 2005; MA 20th-century Literature and Its Intellectual Contexts, 2006)
Editorial Assistant, Mills & Boon

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