THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2007/2008
Celtic Literature 2B (U01979)
The course provides an introduction to selected genres of Celtic literature from the early modern and modern periods, and an understanding of the social and historical background that gave rise to the texts studied. Two strands make up the course, one dealing with the Scottish Gaelic tradition and the other looking at Early Modern and Modern Irish literature. English translations are used throughout the course, and no knowledge of the original Celtic languages is required. The course is aimed at students who have successfully completed Celtic Civilisation 1A and 1B, as well as Celtic Literature 2A, but it is also open to anyone who has taken a course in a literary or historical or similar subject at University level and wishes to explore the Celtic tradition. The course does not aim to provide a comprehensive survey of the two literatures studied, but rather to examine in greater depth certain periods or themes or genres which are characteristic of the tradition, which offer cross-cultural comparisons within the Celtic world, and which are amenable to study through translation and without abstruse technical knowledge. For history students, the course offers insight into the nature and working of the two literary traditions; for literature students, enhanced understanding of the social and political background to the selected parts of Scottish Gaelic and Early Modern and Modern Irish literature; for students of Celtic Studies, the opportunity to range widely in the early modern and modern fields in advance of Honours course choices and the more intensive but narrower language-based study of the Honours classes. Each thematic component consists of an equal number of lecture-based and discussion-based classes. Combined with Celtic Literature 2A, the course offers the opportunity to progress to the Honours programme of Medieval Celtic Studies.
? Pre-requisites : Celtic Civilisation 1A and/or 1B (or a suitable Literature or History course); normally Celtic Literature 2A.
? Costs : Course materials.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : 2nd year
? Contact Teaching Time : 4 hour(s) per week for 11 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The Intended Learning Outcomes are the development of a sound knowledge of the characteristics of a selection of key genres of Scottish Gaelic and Early Modern and Modern Irish literature. Students will develop an understanding of the significance of the texts in the context of the time of their origin, and of the role of the purveyors of literature in the context of both society and historical environment. Students will be able to evaluate the value of the material as literature, drawing on scholarly evaluation as well as detailed study of the primary texts. The course will be taught through the medium of English.
Two essays (2,000-2,500 words each): 50% (25% + 25%)
Degree Examination (2 hours): 50%
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Miss Christina Arja Strauch
Dr A Gunderloch
Course Website : http://www.arts.ed.ac.uk/celtic/
School Website : http://www.llc.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/