Postgraduate Course: Scottish Women's Fiction (20th Century) (ENLI11147)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Scottish 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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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| 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.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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 8 ESSAY COMPLETION WEEK
Week 9 Jackie Kay, Trumpet
Week 10 Laura Hird, Born Free
Week 11 Contemporary short stories; Conclusions
|Course organiser||Dr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
|Course secretary||Miss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030