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Doctoral School / UAM

Studies in Art, Literature and Culture

Programa de Doctorado en Estudios Astísticos, Literarios y de la Cultura

The PhD Programme in Art, Literature and Culture Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that offers a broad field of research with five basic lines:

History and Theory of Art and Cultures of Knowledge and Image: Using open scientific and methodological strategies, its points of reference are the tools of art history and its theories, on the one hand, and the cultural dimensions of knowledge societies, on the other. Thematically and chronologically, it covers a very diverse repertoire of images and objects resulting from a creative process. The professors working in this line of research are members of the "Department of Art History and Theory", and those working in "Logic, Philosophy and History of Science" are part of the "Department of General Linguistics, Modern Languages, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature". The specific areas of faculty research can be found on the departmental websites.

Comparative Literature, Literary Theory and Rhetoric: There are four sub-specialisations:  Literary Theory, Poetics and Literary Semiotics; Comparative Literature; Literary Translation; Theory of Literary Genres; Rhetoric, Cultural Rhetoric and Rhetoric of Communications.  This line of research also encompasses the literature of modern languages: Arabic, Finnish, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and others.

Literature, Culture and Translation from English-Speaking Countries: It takes a transliterary, interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to the literature of English-speaking countries chosen from among the broad spectrum presented by the theoretical approaches of contemporary Anglo-American literary criticism. It also promotes research in literary translation as a phenomenon of adaptation and intercultural and interlinguistic mediation. Doctoral research in this field actively encourages internationalisation, innovation, collaboration and dialogue among researchers from the English-speaking world.

French and Francophone Literature and Cultures: Promotes interdisciplinary research, open to new perspectives and issues, in the field of the literature and cultures of France and French-speaking countries. The scope of study spans the period from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, and from the literature and culture of sub-Saharan Africa to the French expression of Amerindian literature and culture.

Music and Performing Arts: An integral approach is taken to disciplines such as music, dance and theatre, whilst considering the most recent trends in audio-visual creation and promotion of musical projects.


Some of the most notable highlights of the programme include:

  • Its transversal, comprehensive and interdisciplinary structure and configuration, which promotes dialogue and transversality between different areas, themes and methodological approaches.
  • Its national and international impact and orientation.
  • Its promotion of innovative research practices that are constantly seeking new horizons as a way to expand and improve knowledge.


Research areas:

  • History and Theory of Art and Cultures of Knowledge and Image.
  • Comparative Literature, Literary Theory, and Rhetoric.
  • Literature, Culture and Translation from English-Speaking Countries
  • French and Francophone Literature and Culture
  • Music and Performing Arts


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