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European Literatures and Interculturality

Welcome to the Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality. Based on cutting-edge research in literary studies, this unique and innovative literature programme is international in scope and comprises several modern European languages.

The Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality is located at the Department of European Languages and Cultures. This international, interdisciplinary and multilingual environment offers excellent opportunities for research and immerses them in vibrant networks of experts across different European countries and languages. Students have to choose one major language. They can choose from the following languages: French, Frisian, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

The Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality provides you with academic skills and approaches that will prepare you to operate as a cultural expert wherever texts are involved: in the media, in institutions and in networks.

Each course builds on a theoretical foundation, but at the same time trains your research skills and ability to communicate with a range of different audiences.

Examples of language-specific courses in literature currently being taught can be found in the course catalogue.

Besides, students may choose one or two interdisciplinary seminars in literature which are team-taught by experts from different fields. Examples of such interdisciplinary courses include: 'Literature and Conflict' and 'Modernist Geographies.'
Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Literary Studies
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60813
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Expert: the programme offers the opportunity to become an expert in one of the target languages and to develop abstract and analytical thinking in relation to intercultural practices
  • Group size: we work in small groups in which all students' active participation and input are highly valued
  • Innovative and diverse: we value original ideas and foster the encounter of diversified perspectives. Our staff members also distinguish themselves by their innovative research and teaching methods
  • International: our staff have received their doctorates from a variety of Dutch and international universities (Pisa, Freiburg, Nottingham, Cambridge, Leiden, Munich)
  • Employability: intercultural and transferrable skills
Programme
Courses

Curriculum

The programme consists of

1) the compulsory course "Theoretical approaches to European literature" in which selected literary theories will be applied to literary analysis;

2) two courses of 10 credits each in the chosen target language;

3) one Interdisciplinary seminar where the student can focus on a particular topic such as representations of space or migrant literature, and

4) a thesis written in the target language (20 credits).

It is possible to replace the Interdisciplinary seminar by a Master's placement.

In addition to the range of course units provided by the track itself, students can also follow Masterlanguage courses. Masterlanguage is a national programme that offers courses for students of German, French, Italian and Spanish. The courses are taught in the target language and are jointly organised by lecturers from Radboud University, the University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. More information about the courses, entry requirements and registration can be found on the Masterlanguage website: https://masterlanguage.nl/en/. You may follow Masterlanguage courses in consultation with the Board of Examiners of your Master's degree programme.

Programme options
Frisian Literature (specialization)
French Literature (specialization)
German Literature (specialization)
Italian Literature (specialization)
Russian Literature (specialization)
Spanish Literature (specialization)
Swedish Literature (specialization)
Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

More information about this option

Master's Placement (specialization)

This Master's track includes an optional work placement for which you are awarded ECTS credit points.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
European Languages and CulturesUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Profile Literature and Culture + Ba thesis in major language

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
European Languages and CulturesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Profile Literature and Culture + Ba thesis in major language

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The entry requirements for the various languages are as follows:

CEFR B2/C1 is required on all components for: French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

CEFR C1 is required on all components for: German and Frisian

CEFR B1/B2 is required on all components for: Russian

The English language requirement can be met by presenting one of the following pieces of documentary evidence:

a. the internet-based TOEFL test (iBT TOEFL, with a minimum score of 90 and a minimum score of 21 on all components)

b. IELTS, Academic Module, 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 on all components)

c. Cambridge: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180

previous education

Students with a Dutch certificate of higher education that indicates that they have knowledge and understanding of and subject-specific skills (BA thesis in language of specialization) in Literary Studies at academic Bachelor's level will be admitted to the degree programme.

Holders of a certificate from a Bachelor's degree programme in European Languages and Cultures from the University of Groningen need to have completed the Profile Culture and Literature with BA thesis in the language of specialization.

Registration procedure

Note: it's only possible to a very limited extent to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202201 September 2022
15 August 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

The entry requirements for the various languages are as follows:

CEFR B2/C1 is required on all components for: French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

CEFR C1 is required on all components for: German and Frisian

CEFR B1/B2 is required on all components for: Russian

The English language requirement can be met by presenting one of the following pieces of documentary evidence:

a. the internet-based TOEFL test (iBT TOEFL, with a minimum score of 90 and a minimum score of 21 on all components)

b. IELTS, Academic Module, 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 on all components)

c. Cambridge: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180

previous education

Holders of a foreign certificate of higher education that indicates that they have knowledge and understanding of and subject-specific skills in the language, literature, and culture of the relevant major language at academic Bachelor's level will be admitted to the Master's track (BA thesis in language of specialization).

Registration procedure

Note: it's only possible to a very limited extent to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 202201 September 2022
15 August 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 13216full-time
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 14570full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

The track aims to provide you with academic skills and approaches that will prepare you to operate as a cultural expert in wherever texts are involved: in the private sphere, in the media, in institutions and networks. You learn to analyse these processes and functions, to solve problems and to communicate about them clearly and with flair.

Job examples

  • Book editing and publishing
  • Cultural functions
  • Journalism
  • Translation
Research

Staff and Student Research

The research projects of staff members are innovative and international and range from the analysis of (offensive) humor in controversial cartoons to garden writings and sustainability, from digital media representations to literary self-identification of marginalized or minority groups..

Students have a free choice of dissertation subjects within the areas of staff expertise and are encouraged to develop new and innovative approaches and ideas. Examples of topics that have been proposed by our students focus for example on decolonial or postcolonial discourses, on trauma and exile, on ecocriticsm or on concepts such as transculturality and heterotopia through in-depth analysis of contemporary case studies. Examples of dissertations are:

  • From a barren desert to a microbial jungle: Deep-sea narratives in the Anthropocene
  • Heimat als Heterotopie: Ortlosigkeit und Vielortigkeit der neuen Heimat in Keuns Kind aller Länder und Stanišićs Herkunft
  • Le transculturalisme littéraire à travers deux « intrangères » issues de l’exil. Une comparaison entre L’art de perdre d’Alice Zeniter et Marx et la poupée de Maryam Madjidi
  • Trauma - Ironi i ungdomsromanen Tio över ett. Hur kolliderande former skapar en personlig bild av Kirunas flyttning
  • Ambivalent feminism: Hashtagification, YouTubification, and Eurovisionization of women's rights in Russia

Dissertations may be supervised by any appropriate member of staff. The following list indicates the areas of expertise of the various staff members:

Vera Alexander: English and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Ecocriticism, Travel writing and mobility, Life Writing, Bildungsroman, Children’s Literature, Place, Space, Heterotopia, Diaspora, Transculturality.

Alberto Godioli: Humour and satire across media; Law and Humanities; Comparative literature, 19th-21st centuries; Italian literature and culture, including film; Modernism; Posthumanism.

Ester Jiresch: Scandinavian Literature, Culture, and History, Swedish Politics, Scandinavian Crime Novel, Modern European Culture and History, Gender Studies.

Christian Kirchmeier: Literary, Cultural, and Media Theory, Law and Literature, Morality and Literature, Theories of Society, Political Theory, German and Literature, Music and Literature, Theatre, Aesthetics.

Stella Linn: Translation Studies, Contemporary French and Spanish Literature, Migrant and Minority Literature, Urban Youth Language/Slang and Street Culture, Youth and Young Adult Literature.

Florian Lippert: Modern German literature, Modern European literature and culture, Film Studies, The European migrant crisis, Literary Theory, Film Theory, Reception Theory, Critical Theory, Systems Theory, Art and Literature in Philosophy, Sociology and Politics, Self-reflexivity, Surveillance.

Hugh McDonnell: 20th Century French and Spanish Political, Social and Cultural History, French and Spanish Politics, Culture, Identity, and Politics, The Idea of Europe and European Identity, Political Theory.

Konstantin Mierau: Empirical Study of Literary Reception, Prison Reading, Digimodernism and Literature, Spanish Golden Age Literature, The (Spanish) Picaresque Novel.

Ksenia Robbe: Russian Literature and Culture, Eastern European and Postsocialist studies, Postcolonial and Decolonial Theory, Memory and Time Studies, Feminism and Gender studies, South African Literature and Culture, Visual Art, Museums, Theatre and Performance, Aesthetics and Politics.

Camilla Sutherland: Contemporary Spanish-Language Literature, Women Writers, Gender Studies, Spatial Theory, Latin American Literature and Culture, Global Modernisms, Avant-gardes, Art History, Film Studies, Theatre and Performance.

Jeanette den Toonder: Contemporary French and francophone Literature, Migrant and Minority Literature, Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, Contemporary Quebec novel, Gender studies, Spatial Theory, Life Writing, Transculturality.

Pablo Valdivia: Multidisciplinary Humanities Research, Cultural Analytics, Cultural Narratives, Narrative Theory, Metaphor Theory, European Literature and Culture, Comparative Literary Studies, Film Studies, Visual Studies, Literature and Culture from the Golden Age till the Present, Art History, Theatre, Poetry, European Politics and Culture, Spanish and Latin American Literature, Culture and Society.

Vera Veldhuizen: Children’s Literature, Young Adult/Adolescent Literature, Picture books, Fairy tales, Fables, Narrative Empathy, Script Theory, Irish Literature, War Literature, Literary Theory, Cognitive Studies.

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