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CO5002 The Contemporary Canon: Why Books Sell

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2016/7
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The module analyses the meaning of the word 'contemporary' as applied to literary texts, exploring questions such as: does 'contemporary' signify '10 years ago' or '10 months ago'? Who decides? (e.g. which institutions and market forces?); Does this differ from one European country to another? From one genre to another? A range of theories of canon-formation are assessed in terms of their viability vis-à-vis contemporary literature: can there be a truly contemporary canon? What is the role of publishing houses, retailers, literary prizes, the internet and social networking sites in constructing 'today's canon'? The module will be based on three disciplines (including but not limited to Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish) and will combine theory with a number of case studies.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Comparative Literature Postgraduate Programmes.

Optional for Crossways in Cultural Narratives Mundus Postgraduate Programmes.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 hours (lectures and seminars)

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr S Talajooy
Module teaching staff:Team taught