This PhD course aims to facilitate and offer tutoring in research in different areas of literary theory (and practice) and the most recent methods of its application in comparative literature.

The teaching staff cover knowledge from the great Latin and Greek traditions and their renewal through the Renaissance and Baroque periods to contemporary fields such as gender studies, feminism and cultural studies and fantasy and science fiction.

The intrinsically interdepartmental nature of the PhD make is easy for doctoral students to meet the numerous members of staff from the areas of literature and French, Italian and English culture as well, of course, as Catalan, Spanish and South American culture. The programme even contemplates Oriental and Western studies and comparative art, music and film studies.

Candidate profile

Students should have recognised research experience and thorough knowledge of the basic concepts and tools of literary analysis and comparative studies, along with the ability to assimilate new knowledge.

Students should be fluent in Spanish or Catalan, depending on their line of research, and in English and/or French they should have level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • Research and teaching in higher education of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.
  • Editing.
  • Consultancy services in the area of literary theory and comparative literature.
  • Teaching in public or private education centres (secondary schools and universities).
  • Teaching in adult-education centres.
  • Publishing (production, correction, translation, dictionary-writing).
  • Literary theory and criticism.
  • Literary promotion and advisory services for literary agencies.
  • Research (universities, research institutes specialising in comparative literature, archives and libraries).
  • Cultural management.
  • The information society (writing and collaborating with the press, publishing of web content for companies, etc).
  • Digital humanities and applications of new technologies.

Objectives and justification

The PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature aims to train students to acquire the necessary competences to be able to carry out research and professional tasks in different areas related to Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.

The programme offers PhD candidates the opportunity to form part of the academic system through research groups and also through the lines they consider to be best for acquiring the capacity they need for professional work. Emphasis is placed on certain topics, innovative and original techniques and methods with a commitment to excellence.

Research infrastructure

Besides the physical resources for teaching and research that the UAB provides for all its PhD programmes, students on this programme can also make use of the following research infrastructures.

  • •The programme's own physical resources and support service, available to PhD students.
  • •The programme has research offices for research groups.
  • •These offices are equipped with computers, printers and bibliographic resources to complement those available at the UAB's libraries and document repositories, to support students in their research and thesis work.


Gonzalo Pontón Gijón


UISAD - Integrated Unit of Administrative Support
Departments of Catalan and Spanish

Building B
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelone, Spain)
Office: B11/276
Phone. +34 93 581 1216
Contact: Melina Rodríguez Marín



Number of places available: 15
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
English, Spanish and Catalan
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Spanish Studies
Arts and Humanities

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