Comparative Literature (Literary Studies)

Grounded in literature and literary theory, the one-year Master's Comparative Literature trains you to analyse cultural phenomena (both Western and non-Western) within an interdisciplinary theoretical framework and a globalised context.

Comparative Literature in the broadest sense

The Master's programme in Comparative Literature is theoretical in character. It uses methods such as textual analysis, deconstruction and close reading in order to address a variety of issues including post/de-coloniality, global literacy, race and gender. This programme suits students who want to gain a better understanding of the dynamics between the literary and the political.

Why study Comparative Literature at the UvA?

The Comparative Literature programme at the University of Amsterdam offers you:

  • Amsterdam: Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, the programme draws inspiration from the lively literary culture in this international urban hub. You’ll benefit from our connections to and partnerships with publishers, theatres, poetry stages, museums, bookstores, and much more.
  • Contemporary literature and theory in an interdisciplinary context: The programme approaches literature from an interdisciplinary perspective grounded in literary and cultural theory, encouraging you to also think about film, visual art, performance, and music in addition to literary texts. 
  • Politics of literature: In the core courses 'Politics of the Contemporary 1 and 2', you approach issues with contemporary relevance or urgency in order to explore the interrelation between literature and politics in the broadest sense. 
  • Literature in a globalised world: The programme encourages an examination of the role of literature in a globalised world and enables you to develop a comparative approach.
  • Excellent staff: The program is taught by an excellent and passionate staff specialised in a wide range of topics varying from political activism, nationalism, globalisation, the posthuman, and post-colonialism.
  • Diverse cultural partners: Our cultural partners include international poetry stage Perdu, debate centre De Balie, Goethe Institut, Cervantes Institute, Research Centre for Material Culture/Museum of World Cultures, debate centre Spui25, Stedelijk Museum and many more.

Degree certificate

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). 

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Degree programme
MA Literary Studies
Full-time, part-time
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
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