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Seven Masterpieces

Seven specialists focus on one literary 'masterpiece' each through an interdisciplinary approach. The literary, historical and cultural components of these masterpieces are examined.

Some of these works probably correspond to your definition of a masterpiece, while others may seem to fall into the category of not-so-well-known or perhaps even obscure works. We focus on some of the most intriguing passages of the literary text, but also pay attention to the historical context and the relationship between the present and the status of the text as accepted or contested 'masterpiece'. We also consider the role played by masterpieces in our culture, and ask which books succeed in reaching the coveted status, how they fit or not into a given canon and what happens to masterpieces when the canon changes.


dr. M. (Marija) Cetinic

Lecturer Coordinator

Day, time, location and costs

  • 4 February - 31 March  2020
  • Every Tuesday from 17:00-21:00
  • Location: Oudemanhuispoort D1.09
  • Costs: € 190 (AUV-members € 171)

For the current study schedule, please consult the UvA timetable website. 

Important to know

Type  Open UvA Course
Teaching method Lectures
Language of instruction English
Study material  To be announced
Other information You can only audit an OUC, which means that you may only attend lectures and cannot attend seminars, take part in the examination, or obtain ECTS credits.
Deadline registration 24 January 2020, subject to availability

Public programme Humanities

This Open UvA Course is part of the Faculty of Humanities' public programme. Beside Open UvA Courses, the public programme also comprises special lectures and series of courses. The public programme is intended for alumni, employees looking for extra training, and all others who are interested in art, culture, philosophy, language and literature, history and religion.

Seven Masterpieces
Mode Open UvA Courses
Credits 0 ECTS, 9 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in February