French Literature and Culture is a specialisation of the Leiden University Master’s programme in Literary Studies. This French taught curriculum provides you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge of a wide range of French and francophone literary works and genres, from the Middle Ages to the present, and to further improve your level in oral and written French. You will not only study works from the more ‘traditional’ canons of French literature, but also francophone literature from such diverse areas as the Caribbean and the Maghreb.
Check out the programme in French Literature and Culture.
“I very much enjoyed doing the Master’s in French Literature and Culture of the Literary Studies degree programme. I chose this master’s because the selection of subjects on offer appealed to me enormously.”
From Baudelaire to Medieval manuscripts
The lectures varied from general literature subjects to in-depth studies about an important movement or a French writer or poet. I attended interesting lectures on Baudelaire, but I also learnt how to decipher medieval manuscripts in another subject!
Despite the wide range of subjects, I also learnt about the broad outlines of French literature and culture. The teachers are enthusiastic and pro-active in giving feedback, which helped me enormously in developing my writing skills.
I took the master’s together with a small group of students, which encouraged me to take an active role in the tutorial discussions. Taking part in the discussions helped to improve my French oral skills, as well as giving me personal contact with the teachers.
A teaching position
After my master’s I am going to work in Lille for 6 months, where I will be a language assistant in a secondary school, helping French pupils with their Dutch. After those 6 months I plan to do the Educational Master’s in French Literature and Culture, which will afterwards hopefully provide me with a teaching position in a Dutch secondary school, in which I will be able to apply the knowledge I have gained during my French studies. In all, the degree programme at Leiden has given me a superb grounding for a job in education, because studying the many and varied subjects allowed me to acquire interesting and in-depth knowledge.