Joint master’s degree program launched in international literature, book markets

How is contemporary literature communicated both on the German book market and internationally? How do publishers collaborate with authors and translators? How are books marketed? What about the sociopolitical dimension of these literary practices? These and other topics are the subject of the new master’s degree program “International Literature and Book Markets”, which Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Marburg have developed together with Frankfurter Buchmesse. The four-semester master’s program will be available for the first time in the winter semester 2024/25 and includes an internship of several months, either at the Frankfurt Book Fair or with one of its global partners, with an emphasis on Romance-speaking countries.

Conditions for admission to the program are a very good knowledge of a Romance language (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and/or Catalan) and an interest in literary transmission in an international context. Students can add Scandinavian languages ​​and Arabic through electives – an offering that will soon also be expanded to include English.

Potential employers and employment sectors for graduates of the practice-oriented master are international book fairs, publishing houses, agencies, literary houses, the field of cultural journalism and research and education in Romance languages, literature and cultural studies.

Prof. Kati Hannken-Illjes, Vice President of Education at the University of Marburg, is pleased with the collaboration between two strong research universities and the internationally active Frankfurt Book Fair: “This combination makes the master unique in Germany. In the future, current research themes such as translations and literature circulation across national borders can be discussed together with players from the professional field.”

Prof. Viera Pirker, Vice President of Studies and Teaching at Goethe University Frankfurt, appreciates the new degree not only because of the intensive collaboration with the University of Marburg, but also because “the collaboration with the Book Fair will allow students to get involved in literary communication projects in urban areas at an early stage, creating a new and special connection between our university and the city of Frankfurt.”

Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, welcomes the collaboration with the universities. “As Frankfurter Buchmesse we are the central trading point for the international publishing industry, with activities all over the world. Knowledge of the Romance languages ​​is of great value in our teams. That is why I am happy that we as a company can help with the I am sure that we will benefit greatly from the exchange with the students, their perspectives on the Frankfurt Book Fair, their language skills and their interest in world literature.”

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