About the programme of study

Master's programme in Comparative Studies of Literature

About the programme of study

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Comparative Studies of Literature explores and provides knowledge on the Western literary tradition from the Antiquity until today. The two-year Master's programme provides a deeper insight in selected parts of world literature, at the same time as it focuses on literary theory and methods as well as aesthetics and scholarly working methods.

Comparative Studies of Literature is a comparative field of study. Literary works can never be interpreted independently, but must be understood in dialogue with other pieces of work. This comparative aspect does not only include literature; the study of literary texts in connection with other art forms such as visual art, film and music is also explored.

The research staff participates in several interdisciplinary research projects - both national and international - such as the 18th century, aesthetic technologies, globalization and heteronormativity.

This Master's programme consists of two integrated parts:

  • The master's courses aim to provide an understanding of literary theory, as well as further specialization and construction of knowledge within the field of Comparative Studies of Literature, both historical and contemporary. Students are presented with texts from European literature, from Antiquity until the present, covering modern literary theory, aesthetic theory, poetry, genre theory, theory of interpretation, as well as from relevant debates in literary studies.
  • The master’s thesis is prepared and written during the final two semesters of study. Work with the thesis takes place with guidance from an academic supervisor. Students will learn how to work independently with textual analysis and practice their skills in critically applying and structuring theories and methodogical approaches as integrated parts of a larger work.

The master's programme provides candidates with qualifications for work within research and education, as well as professions wherein large and complex cases need to be examined, understood and disseminated; in research, media, administration, various levels of informational and educational activities, and cultural institutions. Other key professions include publishing and libraries, journalism, in addition to advertising and marketing.

Contact Information

Contact Information


Visiting address:
Building 5, level 5

Postal address:
Department of Language and Literature
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim