Department of English and Comparative Literature

Welcome to English and Comparative Literature

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Cervantes. Bukowski. Dostoevsky. Self. 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 coverage of literature from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, so you can do a traditional English degree or a more comparative or creative one.

As a department we’re interested in a field of enquiry that extends from Old English Literature to twenty-first century literatures in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. You can study texts and films across a variety of periods and genres. And, because we have specialists in unique areas such as American and Caribbean literature, you’ll get the chance to delve into subjects you can’t explore elsewhere.

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 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).

We're engaged
As a student here you can get involved in a cultural sphere beyond your studies. Stay in touch with current debates through our dedicated Writers’ Centre, the Goldsmiths Prize, and our popular speaker series which has featured guests including Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, Alan Bennett, Ian McEwan and Sharon Olds.

We’re nurturing
We may be one of the largest departments in Goldsmiths but that doesn’t mean you won’t get personal support. Take advantage of our personal tutor system, learn from an approachable team of academic staff and become part of the student-run English Society.

We’re vibrant
As one of the first departments in the UK to offer creative writing you’ll learn from and be part of a hub of literary excellence – our graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards from the Orange Prize for Fiction to the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.

"I worked in student media while at Goldsmiths, the university paper and radio stations, experience which definitely helped earn my place on one of the top postgraduate journalism courses in the country, which in turn led to my career with the BBC."

Joanna Kent
BA English and Art History, 1999
Senior Broadcast Journalist BBC South

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