Western Literature

KU Leuven

M.A. On Campus
12 months
3500 EUR/year
947 EUR/year
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The Master of Western Literature at KU Leuven is aimed at an in-depth, intercultural, and comparative study of literature from different Western traditions and periods. Through a range of contemporary theoretical and methodological perspectives, you will learn to understand literature as a complex cultural phenomenon in constant interaction with society and other media.


As one of the world's oldest universities, located in a multilingual society and at the heart of Europe, KU Leuven is a unique location for a programme that focuses on the dynamic interactions between various literatures, languages, and cultures, as well as on the intercultural and international contexts in which literature travels.

Neither the notion of ‘The West’ nor that of ‘literature’ is self-evident. This Master in Western Literature at KU Leuven interrogates the histories and affordances of these terms to investigates the multiple ways in which these phenomena interact with key challenges in our globalized world. We explore the relations between literature, nation, language and territory and how this relationship has changed in contexts of decolonization, globalization, and shifting relations between East and West.


As a graduate of the Master of Western Literature programme, you will have acquired a wide range of skills that you will be able to apply in a large number of professional contexts. Your greatest asset will be your ability to reflect on complex cultural phenomena and your insight into and facility with plurilingual and intercultural contexts, and your ability to communicate these insights in an effective, elegant, and sophisticated way. The combination of analytical skills, a capacity for abstract thought, and an appreciation of the complexity of cultural phenomena is much sought after in a range of professions. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Western Literature: Concepts and Questions
  • Dissertation
  • Western Literature: Texts and Contexts
  • Dynamics of Literary Change
  • Gender, Literature and Theory
  • Literature from a Transcultural and Transnational Perspective
  • Translation and Plurilinguism in Literature
  • The literary Bible. The Bible as a seminal text in Western literature

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    947 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 947 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

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