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Undergraduate Course: Haunted Imaginations: Scotland and the Supernatural' (ENLI10349)

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 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will explore representations of the supernatural in a diverse range of Scottish writing which encompasses traditional forms (folktales and ballads), Romantic and Victorian fictions, and contemporary fantasy and fabulisms. Scotland&©s traditional cultural, literary, and mythic associations with the supernatural are well-attested but the course will encourage students to explore and examine critically the notion of a distinctively $ýnorthern Gothic&© whilst exploring how, and why, Scottish literature manifests what Marina Warner calls the $ýinextinguishable famishing for the fantastic&©. The course will evaluate the contribution of Scottish writers to specific genres and modes $Ż for example, Gothic fiction, ghost story, fairy tale, and their contemporary revisions and reimaginings $Ż whilst placing the representation of these $ýspirit worlds&© within appropriate cultural, social, and aesthetic contexts. Are certain types or kinds of $ýsupernaturalism&© relatable to particular cultural fears or anxieties? Is Scottish culture subject to particular kinds of $ýhaunting&©, and why? Do these fictions have subversive or political potential? The course will introduce students to less well-known work by James Hogg, R.L. Stevenson, and J.M. Barrie as well as to other non-canonical material.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three 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 creative writing are not considered for admissions 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 three to four literature classes at grade A.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
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

&∑ identify and evaluate the principal literary and artistic modes and genres used by Scottish writers to create fictions of the supernatural
&∑ analyse key formal literary strategies, devices, and tropes deployed in this literature in order to explore the aesthetic configuration of $ýspirit worlds&©
&∑ discuss the influence of traditional oral forms (ballad, folktale) on literary writing
&∑ provide appropriate historical and cultural contextualisation
&∑ discuss and evaluate $ýthe supernatural&© within suitable critical and theoretical paradigms

Assessment Information
One course essay of 2,500 words (25%)

One examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1: Paradigms - Hogg&©s Confessions and Stevenson&©s Jekyll and Hyde
Week 2: Romantic Gothic - shorter fictions (Hogg, Cunningham, Scott)
Week 3: Ghosts I - Margaret Oliphant, Tales of the Seen and the Unseen
Week 4: Ghosts II - J.M. Barrie, Mary Rose; Farewell Miss Julie Logan
Week 5: Fairies I - Traditional ballad and folktale; c19 retellings (oral and literary)
Week 6: Fairies II - c19th fairy tales - MacDonald, Hogg, Cunningham, Stevenson
Week 7: $ýNursery fears&© - literature for children
Week 9: Witchcraft $ķ early modern witchcraft trials and testimonies; Rona Munro, The Last Witch in Scotland
Week 10: Contemporary hauntings I: Elspeth Barker, O Caledonia! ; Emma Tennant, The Bad Sister
Week 11: Contemporary hauntings II: James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list James Hogg, Confessions of a Justified Sinner (OUP, 2010)
R.L. Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, and Other Tales of Terror (2003)
Elspeth Barker, O Caledonia! and short stories (2010)
Alice Thompson, The Falconer (2009)
Emma Tennant, The Bad Sister (2000)
George MacDonald, The Complete Fairy Tales (2000)
Rona Munro, The Last Witch in Scotland (2009)
Margaret Oliphant, A Beleaguered City and other tales of the seen and the unseen (2000)
J.M. Barrie, A Barrie Omnibus (2000)
James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack (2007)
*Supplementary Course Anthology
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordssupernatural Gothic fantasy Scotland
Course organiserDr Sarah Dunnigan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8304
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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