How does a work become a literary masterpiece? What function do literary critics and readers play in this process? How do literary prizes such as the Nobel Prize influence the literary canon? This course employs a global perspective and consists of a study of prize-winning, English language works with an eye to considering both their significance as narratives and the cultural value surrounding them as prize-winners. Alongside examining the works as texts, we will also investigate the cultural values of the prizes and consider how those may be related to modern canonization processes. As part of this, we will approach a consideration of the possible relationships between literary critics and the reading public.
English, Creating the Contemporary Literary Canon, 7.5 credits
Autumn Term 2022
1 November 2022
15 January 2023
Type of studies
Number of mandatory meetings
No mandatory meetings.
Number of other meetings
Outline for distance course
The medium of instruction is English. All communication is via the course learning platform. Access to a computer with broadband internet connection is required for participating in and completing the course tasks. For information on technical requirements, see “Technical Requirements for Online Courses” https://www.umu.se/student/sprakstudier/dokument
Univ: At least 90 ECTS in the academic subject English, including 15 ECTS with academic progression (corresponding to level 61-90 hp in the Swedish academic system), and of the latter at least 7.5 ECTS must be in English literature, or equivalent knowledge.
Application deadline was
19 April 2022.
Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.