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We recognise the complexity of our position at the southern end of Africa, in a University which strives to be fully part of Africa and the wider world. The range of languages taught in the School of Languages and Literatures as well as the research conducted by staff and students of the School reflect this.

Research in the School also encompasses Literary Semantics, Literary Theory, Afrikaans Media Studies, Creative Writing in Afrikaans and Xhosa, Xhosa Lexicography, Historiography, Multimedia, Literature and the Internet, War Literature, Ancient Literature, Philosophy and Rhetoric, French literature from 17th century to the present, French Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, Teaching French as a Foreign Language, German Colonialism and Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Contemporary German Literature, Literary Theory and Women’s Studies, Italian and German post-war Cinema, Italian Literature of the 20th century, Asian Cinema, Italian Renaissance Literature, Modern and Ancient Hebrew Literature, Classical Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies and Hispanic Literature.

“I chose to do my PhD in the School of Languages and Literatures at UCT because of the high-ranking international reputation of the scholars in the Department.”
– Jeffrey Murray, Doctoral Student in Classical Studies, UCT

The School has a number of formal and informal links with universities elsewhere in Africa. These include the National University of the Ivory Coast at Abidjan, the University of St Denis in Réunion, the University of Zimbabwe, and further afield (e.g. ENS Cachan – Grenoble 3 Stendhal, University of Bologna).