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Overview

The research-oriented master’s degree in “General and Comparative Literature” deepens and expands the basic knowledge acquired in philological courses (mainly general and comparative literature, English / American studies, German studies, classical philology, Romance studies, Slavic studies). The course deals with the history and poetics of European literatures since early modern times (including their ancient foundations) and non-European literatures in languages ??of European origin. The course content covers both systematic poetological and aesthetic aspects (text structures, poetic / rhetorical procedures, literary communication as aesthetic experience) and historical-evolutionary aspects (literary / cultural epochs, genre history, style history). Literature is understood in the historical context and in comparison with other arts and media as well as in its relationship to processes of the history of knowledge. Aspects of literary research history form a further focus of the course. The students learn to understand methodological and terminological positions in literary studies in their historical development and to define their theoretical differences. This forms the basis for a critical understanding of the current state of research in special areas of literary studies. Aspects of literary research history form a further focus of the course. The students learn to understand methodological and terminological positions in literary studies in their historical development and to define their theoretical differences. This forms the basis for a critical understanding of the current state of research in special areas of literary studies. Aspects of literary research history form a further focus of the course. The students learn to understand methodological and terminological positions in literary studies in their historical development and to define their theoretical differences. This forms the basis for a critical understanding of the current state of research in special areas of literary studies.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. 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 examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. 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.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

module General literary theory
module Comparative literary history
module Exemplary readings
module Interdisciplinary literary studies
module Research Perspectives
module Research planning and project development

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the Master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with a literary component of at least 60 CP or an equivalent other university degree,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER),
  • Proof of language proficiency in another modern foreign language, in particular French, Spanish, Italian or Russian (level B2 GER) or in Latin (Latinum) or in Greek (Graecum).

The course is restricted in admission.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The master’s degree qualifies students for an academic career and for work in literary publishers, in the media, in the theater, in public and private cultural institutions and, if necessary, in translation.


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