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Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond (MA)

About the programme

Learn the newest insights from established scholars.

The study programme includes four courses and a Master's thesis. For a more detailed programme and an overview of all the possible electives, please check the Online Study Guide. 

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.

Ingeborg Morawetz

Student Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond (MA Literary Studies)

Ingeborg Morawetz

"I chose to study Literature in Society, because it’s a unique programme in Europe. It goes far beyond Literature Studies and helps to understand and analyse societal narratives. That made it special for me. And I wasn't disappointed, in one year I learned more about postcolonialism, environmentalism, terrorism and many more currently relevant topics and the ways in which they are perceived and told than I would have considered possible. Reading became a scientific way to look at our world."

From Albert Camus to Jonathan Safran Foer

"If students are considering to study Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond I would show them our reading list: the primary literature goes from Albert Camus to Jonathan Safran Foer, the secondary literature is even more manifold. And I would recommend them to visit the university for one day. Small classes, interesting discussions and a relaxed atmosphere are some of the strongest arguments for studying Literature in Society at Leiden University."

Annelies Schulte Nordholt

University Lecturer

Annelies Schulte Nordholt

"Literature and film reflect social and political issues, however, it also works the other way around, what happens in literature can also shape our thought on social and political issues. Precisely these reasons make “literature in society” a relevant field of study. The Literature in Society specialization is object-centered, we study primary texts and cinema in their context as well as close reading them. We also work with the theoretical tools we have in literary studies."

Is Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond the programme for you?

Check the admission requirements to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme.

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