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New German Literature: History – Theory – Mediation (M.A.)


Are you interested in German literature and want to deepen the historical, theoretical and practical knowledge you acquired in your Bachelor's degree? Then the Master's programme "Modern German Literature: History – Theory – Mediation" in Göttingen is the right choice for you. It focuses on the historical development of literature, its theoretical foundations and its mediation in the present and offers you the opportunity to set your own focal points in your study programme.

New German Literature: History – Theory - Mediation
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Full-time studies or Part-time studies
Double Degree
Language of the programme:
Standard period of study:
4 Semester
Start of studies:
summer and winter semester
Restricted (Application to the faculty)

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The subject of the degree programme is Modern German Literature from the Baroque to the present. Students acquire and deepen fundamental literary-scientific competences in three fields of work: in literary history, literary theory and the practical teaching of literature. They can specialise in this degree programme according to their interests and develop their own subject-specific profile.

The subject "Literary Studies / Modern German Literature" is particularly broadly positioned in Göttingen. Its research foci are reflected in the Master's programme and enable students to gain insights into current academic projects. The programme combines literary-historical with theoretical-systematic questions and relates these to the requirements of the practice and mediation of literature. With its pillars "History of Literature", "Basic Research in Literary Studies" and "Teaching Literature", it combines three central areas of knowledge and competence:

In the study focus on literary history, students acquire a well-founded overview of the development of German-language literature from the 17th century to the present. They deepen their knowledge of the procedures and poetic prerequisites of the literary texts, get to know further literary-historical contexts and intertextual references and deal with the historical and social, discursive, media and knowledge-historical conditions under which the texts are created and their consequences.

In the basic focus, students acquire extensive knowledge of the relevant theories and methods. The spectrum ranges from the traditions of rhetoric, poetics and aesthetics to more recent and newest theories of literature, culture and media studies as well as methods of digital humanities. In doing so, students also reflect on the scientific-theoretical and methodological foundations of the subject.

In the study focus on literature mediation, students deal theoretically and practically with literature and literary studies in the contexts of their respective mediation. They acquire basic skills and learn to apply specialised knowledge in different areas of activity in literature mediation (e.g. in publishing houses, literature houses and archives) and to reflect on the specific conditions of practice. The focus is on application-related literary studies work as well as aspects of the mediality or mediatedness of literature.

The Master's degree "Modern German Literature. History - Theory - Mediation" prepares you for jobs in science-related and literature mediating professional fields, e.g. in science and culture management, in publishing houses, libraries and media institutions as well as in public relations work of various institutions and in adult education. In addition, it opens up the possibility of further academic qualification, especially in the context of a doctorate.

Related and consecutive programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes


This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master)
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minors) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile.

4. Semester

Master’s thesis

Regulations and module directory


Previous studies

  • B.A. degree or comparable degree
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Subject relevance:

    Achievements in a German Studies degree programme or in a degree programme with a focus on the mediation of literature or in a media or cultural studies degree programme that provides knowledge of Modern German Literature and literary theory.

    • for Single (78 credits) and Joint Honours (42 credits):
      • to the extent of at least 49 ECTS, including
      • achievements in literary studies (Modern German Literature) amounting to at least 18 ECTS each.
    • for the module package of 36 credits:
      • to the extent of at least six semesters of study in a German Studies or Literary Studies programme comparable to the requirements of the German Studies programme in Göttingen.
    • for the module package of 18 credits:
      • to an extent adequate to a three-semester German Studies programme or a related subject in Göttingen.

Language requirements

  • If your mother tongue is not German, you must prove sufficient knowledge of the German language at DSH-2 level .


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Questions on the programme

Prof. Dr. Simone Winko

Department of German Philology
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
D-37073 Göttingen
Room: 1.233

Phone: +49-551 39 7518
Fax: +49-551 39 19556

Dr. Markus Tönjes

Department of German Philology
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
D-37073 Göttingen
Room: 0.222

Phone: +49-551 39 22247
Fax: +49-551 39 7511


Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010