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.
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 will suit you.
The Comparative Literature programme at the University of Amsterdam offers you:
The character of the Comparative Literature programme:
The programme 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. It 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 Master's programme within the first year (please note that this entails a new application).
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).