French Literature and Culture

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.

Choose French Literature and Culture in Leiden:

  • Select your favourites from our full range of traditional and modern subjects in French studies.
  • Benefit from the teachings of specialists of excellent international standing.
  • Explore the Leiden University Library, that holds a large collection of manuscripts, books, periodicals, and other material and provides excellent access to electronic media.
  • Enjoy great freedom in choosing additional courses from Leiden University’s Master’s curriculum and constructing your personal programme.
  • Study in a small scale surrounding where personal support is provided throughout the programme.

Check out the programme in French Literature and Culture.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Literary Studies
  • Degree Master of Arts in Literary Studies
  • Mode of study Full-time and part-time. Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duration 1 year (full-time); 1.5 years (part-time)
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction French
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60813

A word from student Laura

“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!

Broad outlines
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.

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