A laboratory of ideas, reflection, and narratives in the Digital Age
Do you wonder how a literary work becomes a classic or bestseller in the Digital Age? Would you like to learn about the steps taken between publishing a manuscript and the media reviews, talk shows, or blogs in which the work is discussed? Then this Master's programme might be for you.
Literature today continues to inspire as a laboratory of ideas, dreams, and narratives, even while facing new challenges. Novels, poems, and short stories now reach their audiences through printed books, e-books, and audiobooks, and through the Internet. Literary texts, including the classics, are being adapted to games and TV dramas, yet a growing numbers of visitors to book fairs shows that literature itself remains a powerful medium.
In the Master’s programme Literature Today, you will learn to identify and critically evaluate the most recent national and international developments in literature, and to situate these from a historical perspective. You will be equipped with the tools to identify and explain the quality of literary works in times of increasing commercialisation. You will learn how literature circulates within the market as part of a creative industry sustained by centuries-old tradition, and you will investigate from theoretical and practical angles how to help to spread literature, explain it to a broader public, and translate academic insights for the reading public.
Critical reflection, building up a repertoire, the consolidation of writing skills, and an understanding of how literary institutions operate in an era of globalisation are central to your studies during this programme. You can also complete an internship with publishing houses, media corporations, libraries, literary foundations, or cultural institutions – the job market and professional field for which this Master’s programme prepares you.
You can choose from among the following tracks to tailor the programme to your interests and desired career path:
- 1. English and Comparative Literature (entirely in English)
- 2. Dutch Literature (in Dutch and English)
- 3a. French Literature (Modern European Literature)
- 3b. German Literature (Modern European Literature)
- 3c. Italian Literature (Modern European Literature)
- 3d. Spanish Literature (Modern European Literature)
As a graduate of the Master in Literature Today, you will be trained to critically engage with the challenges that confront literature in our globalised, digitalised, and commercialised world. The programme content approaches these challenges from both a theoretical and practical perspective so that you will be fully prepared for the job market.
During your studies, the programme will:
- Provide you with knowledge about the sociocultural contexts in which literature is created, distributed, and read.
- Teach you to critically reflect on contemporary issues concerning the field of literature.
- Train your analytical and writing skills so that you will be able to translate academic knowledge to a broad public.
- Allow you to profile yourself as an expert in literature from a specific language area.
During your studies, you will become acquainted with different literary institutions that operate in the field of literature and culture. After finishing the programme, you can use the academic and practical skills acquired during your year of study and begin working at one of these institutions.
Judged best in the field
The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s Literature programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands.
Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme
In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated Utrecht University’s Literature programme as the best programme.
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Last updated January 11, 2017