Course code: LIVR03
Swedish title: Litteratur-kultur-medier: Världslitteratur/interkulturell förståelse
Credits: 15
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Literature - Culture - Media

Study period: spring semester 2024
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2024-01-15 – 2024-06-02
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-72352
Eligibility: 90 ECTS credits in Comparative Literature, English, French, Spanish or Russian (or the equivalent).

Introductory meeting: 2024-01-15 at 13:15 – 15:00 in SOL:H140

Teachers: Paul Tenngart


The course examines literature and other media as important sources of intercultural understanding. Works from both within and beyond the Western world are therefore included. The course studies processes and contexts which are brought to the fore when literature and other media are considered in a global context. With both early and contemporary works as points of departure experiences of exile, ethnicity, national identity and differences in the relationships between cultures are examined. The establishment of the canon, migrant literature, the representation of orality in literary texts and "hybridisation" are also discussed.

The course consists of two equal parts: i) The Idea of World Literature and ii) The Processes of Translation, Interpretation and Transformation. The first part allows the students to familiarise themselves with various aspects of the concept of world literature, from Goethe to current debates on the topic. In addition, a number of i mportant works of world literature are read and analysed.

The second part of the course examines works from various periods and cultures with particular consideration given to problems associated with translation and the subject matter of Translation Studies. Here, not only linguistics is of importance, but also historical, economic and cultural- political aspects.

The course is included in the Master of Arts programme in Literature – Culture – Media. It is also offered as a single course.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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Comparative Literature

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