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Undergraduate Course: Modern Scottish Fiction (ENLI10201)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course examines selected works of fiction by Scottish writers from the 1930s to the early 1980s. It is intended to act as a bridge between the Renaissance of the 1920s, focused around the figures of MacDiarmid and Gibbon, and the development of a distinctively contemporary Scottish literature in the 1980s, examining a set of concerns which can be seen to culminate in the work of Alasdair Gray. The focus is on ?literary? rather than genre fiction, and the course seeks to explore a range of the various formal strategies available to writers of the period. In particular the course will examine the interaction between the demand for artistic ?realism? in the name of political expediency and longer standing artistic commitments to mythic and romance modes of storytelling, the tension between which might be said to characterise wider debates about the national identity and the political efficacy of writing in the period. The course will also register the significant emergence of a third fictional mode, drawing on existentialist thought and developments in European literature, and paying particular attention to the work of Muriel Spark.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites A MINIMUM of 4 college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or other interdisciplinary classes, Freshman Year Seminars or composition/creative writing classes/workshops are not considered for admission to this course. Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having 4 literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  15
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for one hour each week - at time to be arranged.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
y the end of the course students should expect to have read a range of fiction produced by Scottish writers of this period, and to be able to situate specific works in relation to wider literary and cultural trends. They should be able to discuss the relationship between literature and cultural politics, with particular concern for possible tensions between notions of ?realism?, ?myth? and ?history?. They should be able to illustrate such a discussion with reference to examples of specific formal strategies adopted by novelists for negotiating between a range of artistic and political demands.
Assessment Information
1 course essay of 2,500 words (25%);

One examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited to 15, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
Additional Information
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Course organiserMs Lisa Otty
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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