Master of Arts in Comparative Modern Literature

What is the MA in Comparative Modern Literature?

This master is meant for students with a Bachelor in Literary Studies who have a special interest in modern literature and its function and position in contemporary society. The programme combines general literary theory with a focus on cultural-institutional developments that determine and change the position of literature. By means of an internship, students learn to develop professional skills based on their academic study.

What does the course look like?

The programme consists of (1) 4 general courses on literary theory, comparative literary studies, methodology and the relation between literature and society, (2) a number of elective courses (depending on the Bachelor’s degree), (3) an internship of 25 days in a literary or cultural organization, or in a research group of the faculty, and (4) a master’s thesis.

What are the aims of the course?

Students acquire a thorough expertise in the field of literature studies and research, as well as the ability to transfer academic skills to a wide range of communicative and professional situations, organisations and careers.

Why study Comparative Modern Literature at Ghent University?

The study programme, which is marked by lively interaction between students and professors, offers a balanced combination of academic and professional perspectives and skills to a limited group of students. Students can hone their skills during an internship in a literary or cultural organization, as the programme boasts well-established contacts and agreements with a variety of organisations in Flanders-Belgium. Academic internships are also possible. The programme maintains close ties with the literary field in Flanders.

What are the central research themes in line with the course?

  • Literary theories: Comparative Literature, Literature and Society, Literature and Cognition, Literary Field Studies, Digital Humanities etc.
  • Topics in comparative literary studies, e.g. the city and the novel
  • Empirical literary studies
  • Special research focus on the Literary Field in Flanders


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