Comparative Literature in the broadest sense: critical approaches to text, film, art and music.
Linking up with the Bachelor's, the specialisation Comparative Literature focuses on the analysis and interpretation of literary texts within a theoretical and cultural framework. Students become familiar with writers from a variety of countries throughout the ages. However, this specialisation includes more than just examining literature; media such as film, art and music will also be considered. The specialisation also includes methodological reflection, literature theory and philosophy, whereas the cultural perspective emphasizes cultural studies, analysis and theory.
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).
The Master's programme Comparative Literature comprises 60 ECTS credits:
- 12 credits Comparative Literature core courses: Politics of the Contemporary 1 and 2
- 36 credits of courses
- 18 credits for a Master’s thesis
In the Master's programme Comparative Literature, we analyse and critically reflect on texts, films, art works and music. The specialisation also includes methodological reflection, literature theory and philosophy, whereas the cultural perspective emphasizes cultural studies, analysis and theory. This can be seen in the programme courses, which frequently engage with topics such as gender, the posthuman, contemporary philosophy, globalization, global literacy and the state of the humanities in the 21st century. Although students follow two compulsory core courses, it is also possible to combine courses from two or more other specialisations (e.g. English Literature and Culture; Literature and Education; Literature, Culture and Society; other UvA humanities masters), and thereby carry out comparative research projects.
Students first enroll in two core course, Politics of the Contemporary 1 and 2. This course is dedicated to literature, the arts, and theory in relation to an specific issue that enjoys a particular relevance, urgency, or actuality for the present from a perspective that is political in its broadest sense, i.e. as having to do with power. Is it possible to analyse and reflect on arrangements of power in the very present that envelops and constitutes us, and if so, how? Or is the present always precisely what escapes us? Is it possible for theory, literature, and the arts to reflect on and even intervene in whatever is happening right about now? And how does the focus on the present constrain and/or emancipate the critical and political potentials of art and theory?
The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s).
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Last updated April 19, 2016