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Course Outline

Full-time studies

During the two-year programme the MA students is expected to actively participate in seminars, to engage in field-related practice and to write a Master’s thesis.

Throughout the first two semesters, the student attends numerous courses and seminars with the goal of fine-tuning the theme that will be developed in the MA dissertation. During the second and thirds semester the student engages in practical work organised by the school in collaboration with international literary, art and film festivals in Tallinn. At the beginning of the third semester, MA researchers are required to submit a research proposal and choose a supervisor.

The last semester is reserved for writing the thesis in the framework of the master’s seminar guidelines. The thesis is publicly defended at the end of the last semester. 

Core course components

Key Concepts in Literary and Cultural Analysis
The seminar explores main concepts and theories of 20th century literary theory and cultural analysis. The aim of the seminar is to develop a coherent context for the question how to study literature, films and visual culture in their intermedial relationship.

Key Concepts in Critical Theory and Visual Culture
This seminar course will focus on key thinkers in critical theory and the social analysis of the image, building a trajectory from G.W.F. Hegel’s philosophy of history to contemporary visual and cultural studies.

Seminars in Literature, Visual Culture and Film I, II, III
Interdisciplinary courses that approach various literary texts, films and objects of visual culture from the perspective of a thematic focus. Depending on the year the topics include: Dystopia in Philosophy, Literature and Film; Affect and Emotion in Literature, Visual Culture and Film; Memory in Literature and Visual Culture; War in Literature and Film; Postcolonial Studies; Genre; Space in Literature and Visual Culture

Word and Image in the Middle Ages/Renaissance
This lecture and seminar course studies some key questions concerning the relationship of verbal and pictorial art from the late Middle Ages to the late Renaissance.

Histories of Postmodernism: Architecture in Theory and Visual Culture
This seminar course will take an in-depth look at the critical discussions in architecture from 1960s-1980s, with a focus on the change in architectural representation during those years.

Narratology
The purpose of the course is to acquaint the students with the basic concepts and methods of narratology, i. e the study of narratives, and to practice their application to particular texts. Besides literary fiction, non-fictional and cinematographic narratives are discussed.

Adaptation
Through the analysis of various literary texts and their film adaptations the seminar deals with central critical and cultural debates about film adaptation. Film adaption will be studied from the different perspectives of historical and cultural context, authorship, genre etc.

Word and Image
The course provides a thorough introduction to the various 20th and 21st century cultural phenomena that connect words and images,  the verbal and the visual, and the relevant theoretical approaches.

The Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies study programme (2017/2018 academic year) is available here.