The Master’s programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University includes the study of media, art history, literature and literary theory, since the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework. It is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates literary studies, media studies, and theory.
The main research themes of LUCAS, the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society, guide the themes of the courses offered. These are:
Check out the programme in Literary Studies (research).
Literary Studies at Leiden University is unique because of its interdisciplinary programme. Students are invited to choose their own specialisation, such as an approach to a specific issue or a particular topic.
Literature in society
The purpose of this master’s programme is to enable our students to assess the function of literature in society independently, and to analyse it in its relation to other arts as well as to relevant topics such as politics, religion, science & technology, or law & justice, etc.
A focus on identity
Literature and film are part of a broader public disourse. What is there about their aesthetics that makes them special?
For example, research in German Literary Studies in recent years has had a clear focus on memory and identity. We look at ‘exile memories’ in German-speaking religious communities in early modern Europe, and at cultural memory strategies in post-unification Germany.
Other central topics in Literary Studies are the interaction of literature with the other arts; theatricality and dramatisation in literature and art as well as in law courts; literature and art of the Middle Ages; interculturality.
My personal motivation is a fascination for the human capacity and the necessity to construct narratives, combined with a passion for German culture. I spent one year of research in the GDR (that is, before the fall of the Wall), and have worked 6 years in the Federal Republic, as well as in China and the US. This makes me familiar with diverse perspectives on my object of study: German literature and film.