Grounded in literary and cultural theory, the one-year Master's Comparative Literature trains you to analyse cultural objects (both Western and non-Western) within an interdisciplinary theoretical framework and a globalised context.
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The Master's programme in Comparative Literature is theoretical in character. You will learn to use methods such as textual analysis, deconstruction and close-reading to examine politically urgent matters in the fields of post/de-coloniality, global literacy, environmental humanities, cultural memory, race, and gender. If you want to gain a better understanding of the dynamics between the literary and the political, this programme suits you.
The Comparative Literature programme at the University of Amsterdam offers you:
Unique strengths of this programme include:
The character of the Comparative Literature programme:
The program offers you the chance to study contemporary literature and theory in an interdisciplinary context, approaching literature from a perspective grounded in literary and cultural theory, encouraging you to think about film, visual art, performance and music in addition to literary texts. The MA program consists of a mandatory theoretical course that is closely aligned with the research profile of the teachers. You are free to choose from a wide range of electives and have the opportunity to organize your own internship.
After graduation you are prepared for a career in any sector of cultural life, education, publishing, the arts, journalism, media, communications and civil service. If you want to pursue an academic career you can apply to a closely aligned research MA program within the first year (please note that this entails a new application).
As a student in the Master’s programme in Comparative Literature you will be expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:
The programme is also offered in part-time study mode at the UvA, in which case it takes 2 years. As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with the Master’s programme coordinator.
Comparative Literature is an accredited degree programme of Literary Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
|Degree programme||MA Literary Studies|
|Credits||60 ECTS, 12 months|
|Language of instruction||English|