ELM: Master of Arts English Literatures and Media


The MA in English Literatures and Media (ELM) is a two-year degree course offering students the opportunity to study a combination of print literature and other media formats from the English-speaking world. Alongside traditional literary formats (narrative fiction, drama, poetry), students take courses including cinematic, television and new media texts as well as adaptation studies.

While the main focus of the ELM MA is on the study and analysis of English literatures and media, course components also include creative work such as writing short fiction and film scripts. ELM students also have the option of completing a short film project as part of their exploration of seminar themes; this is facilitated by a short course in filmmaking at the university’s media department.

The focus of ELM is transcultural and transnational: students study a variety of global English literatures and media covering British, North American, Postcolonial and Diaspora literatures and media in English.


Overview of ELM Modules

1. Literary History and Major Fields in English Studies (WS)

2. Genres in English Literatures and Media (WS)

3. English Literatures and Media (SS)

4. Media and Remediation: Film, Television, Adaptation and Intertextuality (SS)

5. English Literatures, Language and Media in Post/Colonial, Diaspora, Multicultural and Gender Contexts (WS)

6. Advanced Methods and Current Research in English Literatures, Linguistics and Media (WS)

7. Master’s Thesis (SS)

(WS = winter semester; SS = summer semester)


ELM students should ideally commence their studies in the winter semester (commencing in October). A start in the summer semester (commencing in April) is also possible for students with EU citizenship.

ELM students have a range of set and elective options; elective options include older traditional literary genres (from early modern English literature/Shakespeare onwards) through to contemporary literature and media. Course options also include transhistorical thematic topics as well as a special focus on the wide range of  literature and media genres that emerged from early postmodernism onwards. In their third semester ELM students also take one linguistics seminar with a focus on language and media or on contemporary global varieties of English and can also take a seminar offered as part of the faculty's gender studies programme. 

Assessment for the individual modules is carried out through a variety of methods, including term papers, portfolios, and one oral exam in the third semester.

For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Ralf Hertel (herteluni-trierde) and JProf. Dr. Nele Sawallisch (sawallischuni-trierde).