Literature Studies

Research and teaching of literature studies and didactics of literature at Leuphana university are mainly cultural sciences oriented.

The section of literature studies is concerned with the history of German literature between the 17th and the 21st century, considering comparative and aesthetic aspects as well as cultural theory. It connects the traditional science of specific philology with cultural and discourse analytical methods. Within this framework transdisciplinary perspectives are being stressed which are concerned with questions of linguistic-artistic form, social and cultural relevance as well as the historical context of literary texts.

The section of didactics of literature offers a fruitful perspective of literature studies on relevant topics of cultural sciences, like "memory", "space", "time", "gender", "migration" for a reflection on goals and methods in literature classes in schools. In addition to contemporary children's and youth literature, texts from the literary canon will be examined again under such thematic aspects. Furthermore, the thematic focus of teaching is the scientific reflection of processes of literary aesthetic socialization from early childhood to adolescence as well as the study of forms of literary learning.