Literary Studies


This Master’s program has two specializations:

  • Dutch literature and the literary field (please consult the Dutch study guide)
  • English Literature in a Visual Culture

Master’s in Literary Studies, program English Literature in a Visual Culture
This Master’s program focuses on the relation between literature and visual culture. Rooted in the VU tradition of studying the relations between word and image, this specialized interdisciplinary program will teach the student to analyze the various ways in which textual and visual culture interact. The topics studied from this perspective range from the Renaissance stage to screenwriting, from the relation between poetry and photography to film adaptations of gothic novels. The courses in this program are closely linked to the current research of staff members, so that students are involved in cutting-edge developments. They are encouraged to explore their own interests in depth using the tools and theories they are provided with, culminating in their own research project when they write their MA-thesis in the second semester.

Is this your area of interest and you also want to get involved in research? Please consult the webpage on the Research Master in Humanities, specialization Literature and Contested Spaces.


Level Master
Language Dutch / English
Duration 1 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 60 EC
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Master Literary Studies, Specialization Dutch Literature and Literary Field
Kies in het 1e semester naast de verplichte modules Literatuur en
beeldcultuur (6 ec) en Het literaire veld: theoretische perspectieven (6
ec) 18 ec uit het keuzeaanbod.

Kies in het 2e semester naast de verplichte scriptie (18 ec), uit de
stage (12 ec) of de modules Werkcollege Moderne letterkunde (6 ec) en
Werkcollege Oudere letterkunde (6 ec).
Course Name Period Credits Code
Master Thesis Dutch Literature and Literary Field Ac. Year (sept) 18EC L_AAMALTKSCR
Literature and Visual Culture P1 6EC L_NAMALTK005
The Literary Field: Theory P2 6EC L_AAMALTK007
Seminar Modern Dutch Literature P4 6EC L_NNMALTK002
Master Work Placement Dutch Literature and Literary Field P4+5+6 12EC L_AAMALTKSTA
Seminar Older Dutch Literature P5 6EC L_NOMALTK002