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Comparative Literature

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The Institute of General and Comparative Literature offers a doctoral training in the field of literature from Antiquity to the contemporary period and in literary theory and interculturality.

The programme provides the opportunity to cover these fields of study in all aspects and in the multiplicity of their manifestations. It fosters a mindset of exchange and promotes intense collaboration between professors and doctoral students, thanks to the doctoral programme in collaboration with the Universities of Zurich and Geneva and with the Institute's international partners.

The theses directed within the Institute can cover many fields, including:

  • Poetic, historic and thematic issues
  • Literary theory
  • Interdisciplinary and transversal issues
  • Intercultural, post-colonial and global perspectives

Professors who are eligible to supervise theses

  • Prof. Thomas Austenfeld
    American literature
  • Prof. Arnd Beise
    Modern German literature
  • Prof. Hugo Bizzarri
    Medieval Spanish literature
  • Prof. Paola Borsa
    Medieval and modern Italian literature
  • Prof. Claude Bourqui
    Modern French literature
  • Prof. Julia Straub
    Modern English literature
  • Prof. Elisabeth Dutton
    Medieval English literature
  • Prof. Christian Genetelli
    Modern Italian literature
  • N.N.
    Early modern English literature
  • Prof. Sabine Haupt
    General and comparative literature
  • Prof. Cornelia Herberichs
    Medieval German literature
  • Prof. Jens Herlth
    Slavic literature
  • Prof. Thomas Hunkeler
    Modern French literature, literature theory
  • Prof. Tom Kindt
    Modern German literature, literature theory
  • Prof. Uberto Motta
    Modern Italian literature
  • Prof. Ralph Müller
    Modern German literature
  • Francisco Ramírez Santacruz
    Modern Iberian and Latin-American literature
  • Prof. Karin Schlapbach
    Ancient literature
  • Prof. Thomas Schmidt
    Ancient literature
  • PD Dr Martin Steinrück
    Ancient literature
  • Prof. Marion Uhlig
    Medieval French literature

Note: For more details on the areas of specialisation, view the corresponding department's Web page.

Studies organisation

Structure of studies

No ECTS credits can be earned.

Doctoral school

http://studies.unifr.ch/go/fr-phd-comparative-literature (French)
http://studies.unifr.ch/go/de-phd-comparative-literature (German)


In order to be admitted to a doctorate the candidate must have been awarded an academic bachelor's and master's degree or an equivalent qualification from a university recognised by the University of Fribourg.

Before applying for a doctorate the candidate must contact a professor who would be willing to supervise the thesis work.

There is no general right to be admitted to a doctorate.

The respective conditions of admission for each doctoral study programme are reserved.