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CO3020 Cultural Memory and Literature

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2018/9
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module introduces students to theories and examples of the creation of cultural memory in literature. Concepts such as communicative and collective memory will be discussed using three case studies, each exploring a particular ethnic, national or political cultural memory traced through literary and filmic texts as well as archival material and lieux de mémoire. Students will develop skills acquired during the first two years of Comparative Literature by applying a critical, analytical approach to these sources, encouraging them to recognize and interpret shifts, fault lines and conflicts within cultural memory from a trans-national perspective.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Comparative Literature

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the Comparative Literature Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Written Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C Lawson
Module teaching staff:Team taught