Literature Studies - across media and culture

Literature Studies - across media and culture (M.A.)

The interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in Medial and Transcultural Literature Studies offers a research-oriented education with a focus on literature theory, cultural studies and media studies. It is aimed at graduates in literature and cultural studies who are interested in current research discussions and interdisciplinary perspectives. The degree program gives students extensive knowledge of the theory and practice of literature and cultural studies. It investigates the functions of literary texts in the context of changing media, cultures and social practices. The focus lies on medial and transcultural aspects of literature in complex cultural contexts.

What is the degree program about?

In the Master’s degree program in Medial and Transcultural Literary Studies you will learn the foundations and history of literary, cultural and media-related theories and methods, as well as the current trends. The issues of modern mediality (relationships between text and image, relationships between text and sound, digital literature, new media and popular literature/culture) are the subject of research-oriented discussions. You will also gain an insight into the dynamics of international literary and cultural relationships (interculturality and transculturality, globalization/localization, cultural transfer and translation).

Specific analysis of complex interrelated aspects of literature, culture and media history focuses on the combination of topics within the core subjects. Cultural and media-based phenomena from various areas of culture – such as anthropology and mediality, media ethics, book aesthetics, media change, visual cultures and iconography – are also investigated.

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