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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Scottish Fiction (ENLI10280)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will look at the relationship between Scottish fiction, politics and culture in the context of devolution. We will examine a range of novels published over the last thirty years which showcase the strength and diversity of contemporary Scottish fiction, and consider the ways in which Scottish writing might be seen to reflect larger debates about political and cultural autonomy in the period, issues around cultural identity, and anxieties amongst Scottish intellectuals about the possibilities and dangers of nationalism. However we will also need to consider the ways in which those issues are mediated through the form of the contemporary novel, in particular the nature, variety and extent of contemporary departures from the conventions of realism; even the constitution of the literary field itself. The most striking feature of much of the writing of the period may be its apparent distance from overt political commitment, its distrust of the public realm, suspicion of historical narrative, and its focus on interiority and subjectivity. What does this mean for our understanding of the relationship between literature and society in contemporary Scotland?
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
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  15
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance for one hour per week at Autonomous Learning Group - at time to be arranged.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
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
By the end of the course students should expect to be able to demonstrate their familiarity with a range of contemporary Scottish writers and to critically evaluate their work considered against its social and cultural background. Students should be able to discuss the political and ethical dimensions of narrative technique and genre, and suggest why particular works adopt specific formal strategies.
Assessment Information
One coursework essay of 2,500 words (25%)

One take-home exam essay of c. 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving Enlgish or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Candia McWilliam, Debatable Land
Allan Massie, A Question of Loyalties
Andrew O'Hagan, Our Fathers
Alasdair Gray, 1982 Janine
James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late
Ali Smith, Like
A.L. Kennedy, So I Am Glad
Alan Warner, Morvern Callar
James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alex Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3058
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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