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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryScottish 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
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  3
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 Word Essay (100%)
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No Exam Information
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.
Reading List

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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with UG ENLI10084
Additional 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 9 Jackie Kay, Trumpet

Week 10 Laura Hird, Born Free

Week 11 Contemporary short stories; Conclusions
Course organiserDr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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