Literary Studies (research)

The Master’s programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University includes the study of media, art history, literature and literary theory, since the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework. It is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates literary studies, media studies, and theory.

Choose Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University

  • Benefit from the programme’s intense collaboration with the MA in Media Studies and the MA in Literary Studies.
  • Acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.
  • Enjoy the research master’s flexible programme, encouraging you to adopt a interdisciplinary perspective, while following courses within your ‘home discipline’ as well.
  • Focus on a medium, discipline or genre, or a period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary).

The main research themes of LUCAS, the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society, guide the themes of the courses offered. These are:

  • art, agency and rhetoric
  • a global approach to texts, art and media
  • intermediality

Check out the programme in Literary Studies (research).

Master details

  • Degree Master of Arts in Literary Studies (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60814

A word from prof.dr. Anthonya Visser

Literary Studies at Leiden University is unique because of its interdisciplinary programme. Students are invited to choose their own specialisation, such as an approach to a specific issue or a particular topic.

Literature in society
The purpose of this master’s programme is to enable our students to assess the function of literature in society independently, and to analyse it in its relation to other arts as well as to relevant topics such as politics, religion, science & technology, or law & justice, etc.

A focus on identity
Literature and film are part of a broader public disourse. What is there about their aesthetics that makes them special?

For example, research in German Literary Studies in recent years has had a clear focus on memory and identity. We look at ‘exile memories’ in German-speaking religious communities in early modern Europe, and at cultural memory strategies in post-unification Germany.

Other central topics in Literary Studies are the interaction of literature with the other arts; theatricality and dramatisation in literature and art as well as in law courts; literature and art of the Middle Ages; interculturality.

Diverse perspectives
My personal motivation is a fascination for the human capacity and the necessity to construct narratives, combined with a passion for German culture. I spent one year of research in the GDR (that is, before the fall of the Wall), and have worked 6 years in the Federal Republic, as well as in China and the US. This makes me familiar with diverse perspectives on my object of study: German literature and film.

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