Our objective in World Literature is to provide you with the tools necessary to negotiate the global literary landscape and your own position in it: openness, wonder, critical thinking, self-reflexivity, and an awareness of the centrality of translation to all human interaction, whether literary or otherwise.World Literature is a major program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; they also offer a joint major with International Studies. You are encouraged to participate in an international exchange and/or field schools to complement your degree. World Literature is also available as a minor. You can add a minor to any degree. You can start this program at the Surrey campus.
WORLD LITERATURE is cultural exploration through works of the creative imagination. Available as a minor program of study.
World Literature draws together the literature, arts, and cultures of a wide variety of countries and regions. Western and non-Western literary traditions are included in the curriculum, which emphasizes overall the junction—and not division—of the past and present, ancient and modern. Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome—the roots of Classical Tradition and Modernity—are closely related to contemporary literary forms that in turn include the heritage of the past. World Literature redefines the concept of “minor” or “third world” literatures, as it considers such “marginal” artistic expressions to be as worthy of study as any great classical tradition of the West or East. The World Literature Program maintains the comparative spirit of the discipline, offering courses on individual authors, literary periods, themes, topics, and aesthetic movements. The major in World Literature strongly encourages reading in at least one language other than English, thus emphasizing that language and literature are intimately related. Students learn to examine literature from multicultural and multi-lingual standpoints and concomitantly become familiar with the major schools of literary criticism and theory. In addition, students have the opportunity through World Literature to investigate aesthetic expressions other than literature, such as the visual arts, theater, film, and music. At the core of such courses lies the firm belief that literature and the arts are in permanent dialogue, providing students with an interdisciplinary perspective in which cultural history and aesthetic visions coexist. The World Literature Program is associated with other departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, including Classics, Cognitive Science, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
Prestigious boarding school King's School Rochester is a collegiate school of a joint type of training. King's School Rochester is part of the famous Rochester Cathedral: the school dates back to 604, which gives it the right to be among the oldest and most respected institutions in the world. The campus is located in the county of Kent, in the center of a small well-tended city of Rochester and the coast - from London it is only 50 kilometers away. In Rochester, there are only about 27,000 permanent residents: it is a very calm, quiet and cozy city with a high level of security and picturesque surroundings.
The pupils of the school annually demonstrate outstanding academic results. According to the GCSE exams in 2001, almost half of the students (49.5%) received the highest A-A * scores, and for the A-level examinations, 75% of graduates deserved a mark from A * to B. This gives King's School Rochester the right to be considered the best in County of Kent and take 135th place among the nationwide rating (according to The Times).
Today, approximately 550 children study here, 10% of them have chosen to live in a boarding house - for this there are two comfortable residences on the campus.