MA Literary Studies (Research)
The Literature specialisation distinguishes itself from other MA programmes in the Netherlands by its intense collaboration with the MA programmes in Media Studies and the Research Master’s specialisation in Art History ; this joint teaching programme gives you the opportunity to acquire a valuable range of skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical. Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature.
Photography, film and the so-called new media are well-known paradigms of media, but painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, etc. are also viewed as specific media. All these contribute to the formation of cultures. These formations in and by media change through history, and are therefore studied in this programme in a historical perspective. Media are seen as the building blocks of culture because it is in and through media that cultures are shaped. The programme pays close attention the content of what is being shaped by media (human subjectivity and behaviour, rituals, politics, et cetera). Paying close attention should be taken literally: the Leiden research master’s considers cultural artefacts as objects for close reading, that should be understood with as much sensitivity as possible.
The research master’s offers a flexible programme that encourages you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective, but also gives you considerable freedom to follow disciplinary courses within your ‘home discipline’. You can focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, and can opt for an interdisciplinary focus applied to a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary), or an approach that concentrates on a single discipline. All students follow compulsory joint theoretical and methodological courses.
Topics in Literary Studies:
Topics in Media Studies:
Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
Film and Photographic Studies
Book and Digital Media Studies
Journalism and New Media Studies
Topics in Arts and Culture:
Art and Material Culture of Asia
Art of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
Decorative Arts, Industrial Design and the Domestic Interior
Modern and Contemporary Art, and World Art Studies
Museums and Collections
Accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation)
International Student Requirements:
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