The British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) aims to promote the scholarly study of literature, across languages and borders, national or other. We explore literature in relation to other disciplines and translations between languages and media. Our primary interests are in literature, the contexts of literature, and the interaction between literatures.

UPDATE: It is with regret that the BCLA announces that, due to industrial action taking place between 25 November and 4 December 2019 by members of the Universities and College Union, affecting 60 universities in the United Kingdom, the BCLA postgraduate conference “Radical Retellings: Fairy Tale, Myth and Beyond” to have taken place at St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford, 29 November 2019, has been postponed until early 2020.  More information and a statement by the conference organisers is available here.

The call for papers and the website for the 2020 Triennial Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association is now open. The conference will be held at Queen’s University, Belfast, 15 – 17 September 2020, and the theme is Randomness.
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The John Dryden Translation Competition, which awards prizes for unpublished literary translations from any language into English is now open. The deadline for submissions is 10 February 2020.
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The British Comparative Literature Association awards a number of postgraduate bursaries, to a maximum of £250 per BCLA member registered for an MA, MPhil, MRes  or PhD, in order to support attendance at conferences or research events. The next deadline for applications is 30 November 2019.
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