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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

  • Contemporary British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures
  • Cultural and social theory
  • Marxism
  • 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 currently writing a book on the history of cultural policy.

Recent Honours and Awards

Marston LaFrance Research Fellowship, 2017-2018

SSHRC Insight Grant, 2013-2017

SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2010-2013

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


UNESCO and the Fate of the Literary. Forthcoming from Stanford University Press, 2019.

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

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

Recent Publications

“Romance Work.” Theory and Event 22.2 (Apr. 2019): 451-464.

“Wageless Life.” Los Angeles Review of Books (Oct. 2019):

“On the African Literary Hustle.” Blind Field (Aug. 2017):

“Neoliberal Tools (and Archives).” Co-written with Daniel Allington and David Golumbia. Los Angeles Review of Books (May 2016):

“US-Soviet Antagonism and the ‘Indirect Propaganda’ of Book Schemes in India in the 1950s.” University of Toronto Quarterly 84.4 (Fall 2015): 170-188.

“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.” nonsite (May 2013):

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

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

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