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Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond (MA)

About the programme

Learn the newest insights from established scholars.

The master's programme in Literature in Society: Europe and Beyond spans two semesters.

Programme structue

The Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond master's programme includes a total of four courses divided into two semesters. All tuition is given in the form of seminars. One course is obligatory, the other three are electives. One of the courses may be replaced by an internship; the final thesis is based on a topic of your own choosing.

Core course
‘Literature in Society. Narrative, Fiction and Voice’: Focusses on the various ways in which literature impacts the social, juridical and political dynamics of Europe today.

Electives specifically developed for Literature in Society

  • Gothic Transformations
  • Remapping the City in Modern Literature and Visual Cultures

Related electives
More electives may be chosen from a list of related courses belonging to other specialisations of Literary Studies: English, French, German, Italian Literature and Culture, or to Dutch Studies, Latin-American Studies, North American Studies or Comparative Literature.

For a detailed programme, please 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.

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.

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."

Admission and Application

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