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Sarah Brouillette

Degrees:B.A. (Simon Fraser University), M.A., Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8036
Office:1904 Dunton Tower

Research Interests

  • Post-World War Two British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures
  • Transnationalism and globalization
  • Creative industries and cultural policy
  • Print and media history

Current Research

My abiding interest is in the economic and political circumstances that underpin and influence the production, circulation and reception of contemporary literature and culture.

My 2007 book, Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace, described how globalizing cultural markets and transnational publishing houses influenced the emergence and reception of English-language postcolonial literatures.

My more recent work, Literature and the Creative Economy (Stanford University Press), considers what ideas about the creative economy derive from historic conceptions of the work of literary authorship, as well as what contemporary writers make of the placement of their work in instrumental service to the creative economy.

I am also beginning research for a sort of cultural history of neoliberalism, which will use Unesco (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as its core case.

Recent Honours and Awards

SSHRC Insight Grant, 2013-2017

SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2010-2013

Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellowship, Queen Margaret University, Scotland, 2011


Literature and the Creative Economy. Stanford University Press. 2014.

Postcolonial Writers and the Global Literary Marketplace. London: Palgrave, 2007; paperback ed. 2011.

Recent Publications

“UNESCO and the World-Literary System in Crisis.” Amodern (Dec. 2015):

“Unesco and the Book in the Developing World.” Representations Vol. 127 (Summer 2014): 33-54.

“Academic Labour, the Aesthetics of Management, and the Promise of Autonomous Work.”, May 1, 2013:

“The pathology of flexibility in Monica Ali’s In the Kitchen.” Modern Fiction Studies 58.3 (2012): 529-48.

“Human Rights Markets and Born into Brothels.” Third Text 25.2 (2011): 169-76.

“Creative Labor.” Mediations 24.2 (2009): 140-9.

“Creative Labour and Auteur Authorship: reading Somers Town.” Textual Practice 25.3 (2009): 829-47.

“Northern Ireland Inc.: branding a region at the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.” The Irish Review 40 (December 2009): 114-26.

“Contemporary literature, post-industrial capital, and the UK creative industries.” Literature Compass 4 (2007): 122-33.