Master’s degree in literary studies

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Master’s degree

Our MA programme in literary studies enables interdisciplinary engagement with literature in the context of other semiotic practices and media. It is aimed at graduates of BA programmes in literary studies as well as BA programmes in media studies and cultural studies with a focus on literary studies who are interested in the processes that produce, change, or disrupt meaning, in the forms that become manifest or take place in literature and other forms and media of representation. Students are also welcome to apply to this degree programme in literary studies if they have completed a degree in media studies, cultural studies, or other disciplines in the humanities (without a focus on literature) (Admission requirements). 

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The master’s degree programme

The master’s degree programme

The master’s degree programme in literary studies at the University of Erfurt

  • approaches European and American literature and cultures from perspectives of literary theory, comparative literature, poetology, cultural studies, and media studies
  • has a transphilological orientation and supports interdisciplinary exchange with other fields of study, such as media studies, religious studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, and linguistics
  • offers intensive and personal mentoring and promotes the development of individual research interests in colloquia, workshops, and supervised self-study units
  • is oriented toward research and theory
  • offers the opportunity to prepare for a subsequent doctoral programme

Module examinations and self-study units



Application for the summer semester from 1 October to 15 January and for the winter semester from 1 April to 15 July.

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Areas of focus

Areas of focus

The areas of focus include 

  • foundations of literary studies and literary theory
  • theories of text and genre
  • theories of language and semiotics
  • poetics and rhetoric
  • aesthetics 
  • motif research
  • translation theories
  • deconstruction and poststructuralism
  • feminist literary studies and gender studies 
  • media theories and cultural techniques 
  • postcolonialism and alterity studies

Professional fields

Professional fields

  • research and activities at universities and other research institutions
  • publishing
  • cultural work and activities
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • publicity

Study regulations

Introductory guide to the MA degree programme

Registering an MA thesis

Program coordinator

Holder of the Chair for Modern German Literary Studies
(Literary Studies)
Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / Raum 508
Office hours
nach Vereinbarung
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Student advisor

Assistant Professor of American Literature
(Literary Studies)
C 23 Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / room 602
Office hours
please request an appointment by email
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