The Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies will be funded for an additional five years and will be able to carry on its academic work.
The Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies is the only one of its kind in Germany to have been successful in the Excellence Initiative. Since 2008, ten outstanding doctoral candidates in various fields of literary study are accepted each year for three years of doctoral training at the school.
The research done at the school focuses on an internationally oriented study of literature that involves comparing texts from various languages and cultures. By utilizing comparative literary methods, the graduate school reflects a major feature of the literary research that has been successfully performed at Freie Universität Berlin for years. It is characterized by a modern conception of language and literature that permits researchers to grasp the sheer variety of languages, study literary history in the context of a modern history of knowledge and consciousness, and establish a theoretical basis for the study of the poetic fundamentals, genres, styles, and rhetorical strategies used in literature.
Instruction is offered by co-teaching teams. A large portion of the curriculum is dedicated to topics with practical applications, with the aim of helping doctoral candidates to prepare for later careers in the fields of research or teaching of literature.