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Undergraduate Course: Nineteenth Century Prose (CELT10022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Taught in Gaelic?Yes
SummaryThis course focuses on three elements. First, it examines the making of the modern tradition of printed Gaelic prose, as published in books and journals in the nineteenth century. Particular attention will be given to the emergence of the written tradition and the development of the secular tradition from religious roots, the relationship between orality and text, the expansion of genres, themes and styles. Second, the course examines Gaelic poetry of nineteenth century, through the examination of the work of selected major poets of the period and also the emergence into view of a large body of anonymously composed song-poetry and of popular song. The third element is an examination of the collection and publication of material from the wider Gaelic oral tradition. Particular attention will be given to the work of John Francis Campbell, Alexander Carmichael, and John Gregorson Campbell, John Dewar, and Fr. Allan MacDonald, and examples of the various genres of material collected and published will be considered. The nineteenth century witnessed the considerable expansion in the publication of all of these types of literary outputs, as well as the birth of modern Gaelic (and wider Celtic) scholarship, and these developments will be explored throughout the course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Gaelic 1A (CELT08004) OR Gaelic 1B (CELT08005) AND Gaelic 2A (CELT08006) OR Gaelic 2B (CELT08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEntry to this course is at the discretion of the Course Organiser and will be arranged on a case by case basis by the Visiting Student Office in consultation with the department.

**Please note: this course will be taught in Gaelic**
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture 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) The assessment on the course will consist of the following:
A. Essay (3,000 words) (40%)
B. Presentation (12-15 minutes) and write-up of presentation (25%)
C. Take home end of course assignment (3 questions x 500 words), 7 days to complete (30%)
D. Participation (based on journal contributions) (5%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an awareness of the main genres and thematic diversity apparent in nineteenth century Gaelic prose literature, poetry, and oral tradition.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the motives, methods and output of collectors, editors and publishers of Gaelic prose literature, poetry, and oral tradition.
  3. demonstrate knowledge of linguistic and stylistic features of the forms of Gaelic literary output considered, including dialectal diversity, orthographic development, and register.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, and cultural context of Gaelic literary production of the nineteenth century.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrate competence in transferable skills, e.g. close engagement with texts, critical evaluation of source material, independent reading, coherent and clearly structured writing, oral presentation, group discussion, time management.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Robert Dunbar
Tel: (0131 6)50 3621
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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