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 in Amsterdam?
The Comparative Literature programme at the University of Amsterdam offers you:
- A world-class education: the UvA is ranked highest in the Netherlands and 59th overall in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018;
- 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.
- 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.
- An examination of the role of literature in a globalised world and enables you to develop a comparative approach.
- A passionate staff specialised in a wide range of topics, from political activism, nationalism and globalisation to the posthuman and post-colonialism.
- Diverse cultural partners, including Stedelijk Museum, Perdu, De Balie, Goethe Institut and many more.
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 Job Market
A degree in Comparative Literature can be an invaluable differentiator in a crowded and competitive job market. Close observation and analytical talents allied with communication dexterity prepare students for a career in any sector of cultural life, education, publishing, the arts, journalism, media, communications and civil service.
Employers value the ability to investigate a problem and find a solution. The programme will hone your observation, interpreting, integrating, theorising and articulation skills, skills that are essential in operations and marketing research roles in business, non-profit or creative industry intelligence.
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Last updated October 15, 2018