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Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory (MA)

The master in Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory at Leiden University studies contemporary literature and culture (art, cinema, pop music) from a theoretical, critical perspective, with special emphases on approaches developed in cultural and literary studies, feminist theory, phenomenology and eco criticism. A special attention is paid to interculturality and diversity, popular culture, and discussions about the relation between culture, the political and dilemmas of justice.

Master Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory at Leiden University

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Why study Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory at Leiden University?

Offering a wide and diverse array of courses, this master studies literature and culture within a theoretical and critical framework. By reading literary and cultural texts (including cinema, visual arts and popular music) in combination with critical, theoretical and philosophical texts, we reflect on questions about the relations between culture and politics, literature and justice, identity and the body, the globalization of culture, the posthuman and the popular. A special emphasis is given to questions of sexuality, diversity and inclusion. 

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What are your career prospects?

Alumni of the master's programme in Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory are employed in a wide range of fields. Our graduates have taken roles within public relations, journalism, in translation agencies, or as copywriters, correctors, education-centre directors, policy makers in city councils and ministries, cultural representatives, art editors for newspapers, librarians or editors at publishing houses. You will also be qualified to continue in academic research and could apply for a PhD programme.

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 19 Media and journalism
  • 16 Communication and marketing
  • 11 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 10 Education
  • 6 Government and semi-government
  • 6 Information management
  • 6 Publishing
  • 5 IT
  • 5 Wholesale and retail
  • 3 Non profit organizations
  • 13 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA in Media Studies 2016-2020.

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