Our research and teaching covers literary and visual cultures from the Middle Ages to the present with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinarity and comparative studies. Our range of interests is global, incorporating research and teaching for example on Lusophone cultures, Latin America, and francophone cultures. Across the Department as a whole there is expertise in nations and migration, gender and sexuality, green matters, classical reception, memory studies and publishing and creative industries. Within Visual Studies you can study both the history of art and more recent visual practices – extending the analysis of visual forms from the historical right through to areas of modern and contemporary visual production, consumption, and thinking. We are also proud of the range of languages we cover – you can take Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish as part of your degree programme, and can now study all of these from beginners’ level.
In addition the Language Centre offers a huge variety of courses from Ukrainian to Latin, from Korean to British Sign Language. Our postgraduate programmes range from courses on curation to advanced translation and comparative literature, and are expanding to include courses on intercultural communication. Our graduates are enquiring, imaginative, critical thinkers. Whatever pathways you choose through your degree programme, you will be welcomed as part of a supportive and engaged community of researchers and learners.