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Postgraduate Course: Scottish Women's Fiction (20th Century) (ENLI11147)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionScottish women's fiction in the twentieth century presents us with a field of enquiry which both parallels and challenges dominant conceptions and readings of Scottish cultural tradition. In every era women writers have foregrounded literary innovation and formal experimentation in their engagement with the social and political questions of their time and location and beyond, emphasising their special perspective on crucial issues of identity concerning nationalism, gender, sexuality and the politics of emancipation. This course will explore the development of Scottish women┐s fiction from the twenties to the nineties and consider their work in relation to the literary strategies associated with realism, modernism and the Scottish Renaissance, and postmodernism. Alongside the fiction we will engage with contextualising theoretical approaches including feminism, nationalism and other perspectives informing contemporary Scottish studies.

*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  3
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Week 1 Introduction; Short stories: Violet Jacob, 'Thievie', Jane Helen Finlater, 'The Pictures', Willa Muir, 'Clock a doodle do' (electronic copies will be available)

Week 2 Willa Muir, Imagined Corners and Mrs Richie (both available in Imagined Selves)

Week 3 Nan Shepherd, The Quarry Wood in The Grampian Quartet

Week 4 Jessie Kesson, A White Bird Passes

Week 5 Muriel Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye; Elspeth Barker, O Caledonia

Week 6 Janice Galloway, The Trick is To Keep Breathing

Week 7 A.L. Kennedy, Looking For the Possible Dance and So I Am Glad

Week 8 ESSAY COMPLETION WEEK

Week 9 Jackie Kay, Trumpet

Week 10 Laura Hird, Born Free

Week 11 Contemporary short stories; Conclusions
Course Start Date 17/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The intended learning outcomes of this course are a knowledge of twentieth century literature, in particular women's writing and the issues of gender and nation, the ability to analyse literary texts using theoretical approaches, to do close reading analyses of text, to discuss in small and large group situations, to produce literate and coherent essays, to circulate work reports by email and use of the scratch area.
Assessment Information
4000 Word Essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
PG Version
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list SELECTED SECONDARY READING

Christianson, Aileen and Alison Lumsden. Eds. Contemporary Scottish Women Writers. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000.
Anderson, Carol and Aileen Christianson. Eds. Scottish Women┐s Fiction 1920s to 1960s: Journeys into Being. East Linton: Tuckwell Press, 2000.
Gifford, Douglas and Dorothy McMillan. Eds. The History of Scottish Women┐s Writing. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997.
Stevenson, Randall and Gavin Wallace (eds) Scottish Novel Since the Seventies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1993.
Gonda, Caroline (ed.). Tea and Leg Irons. London: Open Letters, 1992
Craig, Cairns. The Modern Scottish Novel: Narrative and the National Imagination. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999
Freeman, Alan. Imagined Worlds: Fiction by Scottish Women 1900-1935. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005.
Whyte, Christopher. Gendering the Nation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1995.
Moi, Toril. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. 1985; London: Routledge, 1988.
Morris, Pam. Literature and Feminism. Oxford: Blackwell, 1993.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsSWF
Contacts
Course organiserDr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
Email: Carole.Jones@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988
Email: Gordon.Littlejohn@ed.ac.uk
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