French Literature and Culture (MA)
About the programme
Learn the newest insights from established scholars.
The master's programme in French Literature and Culture spans two semesters. The programme offers a wide range of topics both literary and cultural, from which you may freely tailor your programme.
The French Literature and Culture specialisation consists of four courses and an MA thesis:
- Courses 1 and 2: Any two courses from the French Literature and Culture programme;
- Course 3: Any course offered from the French Literature and Culture programme or any other course within the MA in Literary Studies;
- Course 4: Any course offered from the French Literature and Culture programme or any other course within the MA in Literary Studies, a course on a literary subject taught in another MA, a course offered within the MA in Linguistics: French Language and Linguistics, or a course offered via Masterlanguage.
In collaboration with the master’s programme in French Language and Linguistics, courses are offered on issues in French cultural and linguistic politics and on interdisciplinary issues such as plurilingualism, diglossia, “verlan” and creole languages, where the study of literature and linguistics comes together.
In order to broaden your horizon, you may choose one course among the many courses offered by other tracks of the master in Literary Studies or from the MA in Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory.
We also offer a combined programme of Literary Studies/French courses and Linguistics/French courses:
- Two courses (20 EC): MA Literary Studies/French
- Two courses (20 EC): MA Linguistics/French
- MA thesis Literary Studies/French (20 EC)
This programme is particularly recommended if you plan to apply for the Educational Master afterwards.
- Internship options
All tuition is given in the form of seminars. You choose from a range of seminar options. Some are taught on a yearly basis, such as the Medieval French course. Others vary from year to year, for example on Rabelais, Montaigne, Baudelaire, Proust and Perec, to name a few.
- Peer feedback and assessment
- Essays, reports and final thesis
- Oral presentations
- Final Thesis
Annelies Schulte Nordholt
Researcher and University Lecturer
“The MA in French Literature and Culture at Leiden gives you great freedom to choose the direction of your studies. Focus your studies on the period of Medieval, Early Modern literature or modern and contemporary literature and more. You can even combine French literature courses with French linguistics courses. The programme is taught largely in French, and boasts one of the highest language levels in the Netherlands.”
"Detailed feedback from teachers on your written and oral work is the first step towards learning how to critique and evaluate ideas and theories. The next step is learning how to critically comment on, and correct, your own work and that of others."
Memory of World War II
"My personal research interest is primarily within three fields: French post-war literary texts and the memory of the Holocaust and World War II; the representation of urban space and city life in French modern and contemporary literary texts; and theories of literary creativity in modern French thought."
Full-time and Part-time
All Literary Studies specialisations are offered both in full-time and part-time. Please note that the part-time study mode does not offer any evening classes.
Research and academic rigour
All courses are taught by academics who are active researchers. Content is regularly updated to reflect contemporary academic debates and the very latest insights – many from the research conducted by lecturers on the programme. The academically-rigorous design of the programme aims to develop in you essential skills in reasoning and critical thinking. An important focus of this programme is teaching you how to independently conduct high-quality scientific research and develop this data into a master's thesis.
For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.