Each year is divided into two semesters, running from September to January and from February to June. A semester is divided into two study periods. In the 2016-2017 academic year, students will take three courses (of 5 EC each) per study period.
The Comparative Literary Studies programme (120 EC) is made up of the following components:
All core courses are designed to develop an awareness of current debates within literary studies and knowledge of the most important theories and methodologies. You will practice formulating research questions and conducting research. Through these activities, you will develop skills in data collection, interpretation, and presenting and editing results to a professional standard. See the courses page for the core courses on offer in Utrecht in 2016-2017.
Students follow electives for a total of 40 EC. They should include 10 EC from a Research School in the Netherlands (this does not apply to students who follow 30 EC at a university abroad; in which case they may limit themselves to 5 EC at a research school).
Students may select as electives:
- non-compulsory modules offered by the RMA programme
- modules offered by other RMA programmes in the fields of Media and Performance, Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Nederlandse Letterkunde offered at the Utrecht Faculty of Humanities
- modules from the one-year master Literature Today (on condition that the number of EC from that master does not exceed 15 EC)
Subject to approval by the examinations board, students may also select modules from a related graduate programme at another faculty in the Netherlands or abroad. See the courses page for some of the electives on offer in Utrecht in 2016-2017.
You use your electives to specialise in particular topics and develop an individual profile. If doing so, you may also choose to concentrate on the literature of a specific language area (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish).
All Research Master's students complete their programme with a substantial thesis written over a six-month period. In this thesis, you are expected to demonstrate your knowledge of your area of specialisation and your ability to make an innovative contribution to research in this field.
In the past, students in Comparative Literary Studies have written on such topics as:
- The Romantic cult of Shakespeare (Joke Brasser, 2012)
- The representation of kites in Victorian Literature (Katrien van Riet, 2012)
- The cultural memory of Earthquakes in Italy (Giulia Lattanzio, 2012)
- Amnesty International’s use of literature in Human Rights campaigns (Loes van de Voort, 2013)
- The radio plays of Samuel Beckett as a response to World War Two (Anca Stoiculescu, 2013)
- The socio-politics of American poetry after 9/11 (Jette van den Eijnden, 2013)
- Wandering Memories: Marginalizing and Remembering the Porrajmos (Talitha Hunnik, 2015)
- Constructing the Cyborg-Soldier: Posthuman Military Enhancements in Veterans' Autobiographical Fiction from WWI to the Present (Thalia Ostendorf, 2016)
- Cixous and Derrida - A Faithful Amiance to Come Through Writing (Nicoline Simons, 2017)
- The Post-Yugoslav War Novel: Lost Homes, Lost Cities (Damjan Bozinovic, 2017)
Have a look at the study schedule (pdf).