Course code: LIVR51
Swedish title: Litteratur-kultur-medier: Litterär teori och metod
Credits: 15
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Literature - Culture - Media

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2023-08-28 – 2024-01-14
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-30656
Eligibility: A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, including 90 ECTS credits (including a bachelor thesis) in Comparative Literature, English, French, Spanish or Russian. English course 6/B.

Introductory meeting: 2023-08-28 at 13:00 – 15:00 in SOL:L207

Teachers: Alexander Bareis, Barbara Barrow, Monika Class, Cian Duffy, Ellen Turner


Literature-Culture-Media: Literary Theory and Method

The course examines a number of theoretical approaches which have been dominant in both Swedish and international literary research in recent years. They are introduced in a concrete manner in connection to various issues that have been significant in the history of literature and literary studies: The formal and thematic representation of the human subject in literary texts, the structure and function of literary discourse and the relationship of a literary text to a socially, historically and culturally determined context.

Three aspects of literature are examined: Human characters in literature, language in literature and the representation of reality in literature. The first part examines theories regarding the formal and thematic manifestations of human subjects in a literary text. The second part examines theories regarding the structure and function of literary language and how it relates to other types of discourse. The third part examines theories concerning the way in which literary texts relate to contexts of a social, historical and cultural nature. In order for students to become methodologically aware the course focuses on theoretical texts with analytical or practical applications.

The students will also be given the opportunity to apply literary theory on autonomously chosen texts.

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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