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SEL8536 : Literary Geographies

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Neelam Srivastava
  • Lecturer: Dr Hannah Durkin
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module explores how authors and texts articulate their relationship to shifting geographies of cultural power, literary canon formation, and readership. How has literary production and consumption been shaped by ideas of ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’, ‘metropole’ and ‘margins’? Has globalization displaced or consolidated what Casanova calls the ‘Greenwich Meantime of Literature’? By pursuing a range of texts that move between cultural centres and peripheries, students will be encouraged to grapple with literary texts as sites of territorialisation, movement and disorientation in order to think about the critical questions of value and canonicity. The focus will be on material from the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, depending on the research specialisms of teaching staff.

Outline Of Syllabus

For details of primary texts please refer to the module guide for the current academic year.

Indicative background reading might include:

Pascale Casanova's The World Republic of Letters (2004)

Franco Moretti's Graphs, Maps, Trees (2007)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1118:00118:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Extended seminar discussion allows for sustained group work and critical analysis which are crucial to this module's exploratory and interrogative approach to the learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1004,000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment by 4,000-word essay encourages students to pursue the intricacies of the topics/ texts investigated on the module, and to develop arguments and forms of independent critical thinking appropriate at MA level.

Reading Lists