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German, Creating the Contemporary Literary Canon

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Autumn Term 2020

About the course

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, German 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.

The course is divided into a short introductory module conducted in English followed by the main content module conducted in German.

Teaching language: English and German.

Application and eligibility

German, Creating the Contemporary Literary Canon, 7.5 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2020 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


2 November 2020


17 January 2021

Study location




Type of studies

Mixed, 50%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of on campus meetings

No on campus meetings.

Required Knowledge

Univ: At least 90 ECTS including 75 ECTS with academic progression (corresponding to level 61-90 hp in the Swedish academic system) in German, or equivalent knowledge.


Academic credits

Application code



Application deadline was 15 April 2020. The application period is closed.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 11,625

Total fee

SEK 11,625

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