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Undergraduate Course: Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 (ENLI08025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to introduce students to different methods of reading literature historically. In order to learn how to place specific textual representations in their wider social and intellectual contexts, students will examine a range of literary genres, encompassing both canonical and non-canonical texts from the late eighteenth century to the late twentieth century. The texts have been selected to encourage critical engagement with the global dimensions of 'English Literature'.
Course description Each week two lectures will provide an introduction to key texts, with a broad overview of the relevant literary and historical context. They will also explain appropriate terminology and demonstrate how this is used in practice. To consolidate your understanding, you will undertake regular, formative exercises both individually and in small groups to prepare for broader discussion in weekly hour-long tutorials.

The first section of the course will focus on literature written after 1788 and be divided into two sections. The first section will examine the period 1789-1880; the second from 1880 to the period of decolonization following WWII. At the end of each section, you will be expected to demonstrate your reflection upon and application of what you have learned by submitting a 2,000-word essay.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020) AND Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021) OR English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements AH/A level English or Scottish Literature or equivalent
Students on the English and Scottish Literature pathways must have taken Literary Studies 1A and 1B. For students who took First Year courses prior to session 2021-22, a pass in English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) or Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016) is an acceptable equivalent.
Students on an English or Scottish Literature pathway must also take Literary Studies 2A.
Students taking Literary Studies 2B as an outside subject must also take Literary Studies 2A
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
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) Essay 1 (2,000 words) 50% LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Essay 2 (2,000 words) 50% LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Feedback Individual preparation (weekly) LO 1, 2, 4

Autonomous Learning Groups (weekly) LO 1, 2,
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically examine how literary texts produced after 1788 reflect and interrogate national and social contexts, including different political, racial, sexual, gender and class positionings;
  2. understand major formal developments in their literary historical contexts
  3. produce comparative readings of literary texts that discuss how their form and content are affected by and respond to wider literary and intellectual developments;
  4. evaluate and apply critical approaches relevant to the study of literary texts in their historical contexts;
  5. effectively make use of a range of university study skills, including close-reading, essay-writing and appropriate scholarly referencing.
Reading List

This is a provisional list of primary and secondary reading. This will be finalised in time for publication on DPRS.


Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam (1850)

Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton (1848)

H. Rider Haggard, She (1887)

George Bernard Shaw, Mrs Warren's Profession (1893) - New Mermaids edition

T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

Claude MacKay, Banjo (1929)

Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Weep Not, Child (1964)

Ama Ata Aidoo, Anowa (1970)

Additional material will be provided in extract.


Deirdre David (ed). The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. Cambridge University Press; 2012.

Robert Irvine. Jane Austen. Routledge; 2005.

George Hutchinson (ed). The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance. Cambridge University Press; 2007

Charles Mahoney (ed). A Companion to Romantic Poetry. Wiley-Blackwell; 2010.

G. McIntire (ed). The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land. Cambridge University Press; 2015.

Michael O'Neill (ed). The Cambridge History of English Poetry. Cambridge University Press; 2011.

S. Perry. Alfred Tennyson. Northcote House; 2005.

Edward Said. Culture & Imperialism. Vintage; 1994.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Decolonising the Mind. Heinemann; 1984.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Confident critical thinking skills, including the ability to define, understand and assess evidence from multiple sources to make balanced, reasoned judgements;

Flexible self-management capabilities including taking responsibility for learning, by using a range of study skills including digital skills with the confidence to work effectively online and remotely, e.g. taking part in online meetings, collaborating and supporting others online, managing a workload;

Confident communication capabilities in weekly tutorials, with the ability to exchange information in different ways including verbal, non-verbal and in written form;

Flexible collaboration and teamwork.
KeywordsLiterary studies,historical context,poetry,drama,prose
Course organiserDr Jonathan Wild
Tel: (0131 6)51 3191
Course secretaryMrs Lina Gordyshevskaya
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