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Postgraduate Course: Scottish Gaelic Prose: The Nineteenth Century (CELT11002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Taught in Gaelic?Yes
SummaryThis course examines the making of the modern tradition of printed Gaelic prose, as published in books and journals in the course of the nineteenth century. The quality of nineteenth-century creativity is often seriously underestimated by critics, and the century's output of Gaelic prose, like its output of verse, is not infrequently disparaged. The course will consider:
1) The emergence of the written tradition, and the development of secular writing from religious roots;
2) Aspects of the relationship between oral and written narrative, especially that designed for printing;
3) The expanding range of themes and styles, and the factors (including English literary models) which shaped these;
4) The gradual spread of 'popular' styles of writing by the last quarter of the century;
5) The creation of the modern Gaelic printed book, and the contribution of particular publishers, notably Archibald Sinclair.

Each topic will be introduced by a brief overview sketching the main features of the genre, but the primary emphasis will be on the examination in class of a text or texts exemplifying the genre. The course will be delivered in Gaelic and/or English as appropriate to the nature of the class and the topic.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Because of the difficulty of accessing books published in the first half of the nineteenth century, and sometimes later, texts will be provided as bound photocopies. A price for this booklet has yet to be finalised.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  1
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 4,000 words.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to examine a range of nineteenth-century Gaelic prose writings, and to familiarise themselves with the challenges which had to be surmounted by writers and publishers of Gaelic prose texts. They will learn to handle orthographic variation in different texts, and they will become familiar with a wide variety of language registers.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with undergraduate students (CELT10022).
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Robert Dunbar
Tel: (0131 6)50 3621
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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