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Overview

Overview

General and Comparative Literature Studies (AVL) deals with the history and poetics, especially of European literatures since the early modern period, as well as with their ancient foundations. She examines principles and individual characteristics of literary texts in connection with their history with regard to general aesthetic theories as well as to other arts and forms of knowledge.

Similarities and differences in the literatures of different cultures are explored. Traditionally, German comparative literature is geared towards Romance and English studies. Her interest extends mainly to European, but also to non-European literatures as well as cross-connections to classical philology. The aim is to research the influences of certain writers or literary trends as well as the history of individual genres, subjects or themes. Literature is classified in terms of media history and sociology.
In addition, other artistic forms are also used in order to examine intermedial processes in this way: literature is compared with painting, music, film, etc. The aim is to obtain generally valid and theory-capable statements. General and comparative literary studies are inherently one of the most theory-intensive philological disciplines and, in some areas, are very close to philosophy.

The 30 and 60 CP modules do not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

General and comparative literature is combined as a core subject with a 60 credit module or two 30 credit modules. General and comparative literary studies are combined with a 90-credit core subject as a 60-credit module. General and Comparative Literature Studies are combined as 30 CP modules with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

The study of general and comparative literary studies is divided into three study phases (basic, advanced and advanced phase) as well as the study area general vocational preparation (ABV).

The study phases include the following core areas: general literary theory, comparative literary history as well as interdisciplinary and applied literary studies.

In the core subject General and Comparative Literature, at the end of the course the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examinations. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

General and comparative literature as a 90 CP core subject

Basic module

Introduction to General and Comparative Literature Studies

Basic module

Interdisciplinary literary studies

Basic module

Comparative literary history

Extension module

Poetics, rhetoric, literary theory

Extension module

Interdisciplinary and applied literary studies

Extension module

Comparative history of motifs and fabrics

Specialization module

Poetics, aesthetics, literary theory

Specialization module

Literature in a cultural context

General and comparative literature as a 60-credit module

Basic module

Introduction to General and Comparative Literature Studies

Basic module

Interdisciplinary literary studies

Basic module

Comparative literary history

Elective modules (2 of 3)

Extension module

Poetics, rhetoric, literary theory

Extension module

Interdisciplinary and applied literary studies

Extension module

Comparative history of motifs and fabrics

Elective modules (1 of 2)

Specialization module

Poetics, aesthetics, literary theory

Specialization module

Literature in a cultural context

General and comparative literature as a 30 CP module offer

Basic module

Introduction to General and Comparative Literature Studies

Elective modules (1 of 2)

Basic module

Interdisciplinary literary studies

Basic module

Comparative literary history

Elective modules (1 of 3)

Extension module

Poetics, rhetoric, literary theory

Extension module

Interdisciplinary and applied literary studies

Extension module

Comparative history of motifs and fabrics

Additional entry requirements
English (level B2 GER)

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. If general and comparative literature is studied as a module, the professional qualification is based on the core subject or the combination of subjects.

Graduates of general and comparative literary studies work, among other things, in literary publishers, in the media and in public and private cultural institutions. In addition, the areas of advertising, publishing and public relations, adult education as well as activities at universities and other research institutions come into question.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.


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