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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Scottish Latin Literature (PGHC11555)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryScotland, before the modern era, was a land of three literatures, and the least studied of the three is Latin. This course will provide tour of Scottish Latin literary production from the early medieval Irish monastic foundations through to the explosion of Neo-Latin poetry in the 16th and 17th centuries, in a broader European context.
Course description This course explores one small but vital strand of the history of Latin literature after antiquity by looking at the literature produced in Scotland from the end of antiquity to the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on Scottish Latin literary production in a broader European context. We will read poems, hymns, historiography, philosophy, and theology, and students will gain a mastery of the many different varieties of Latin literary production in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They will also gain the ability and confidence to work with lesser read texts where scholarly aids are few or non-existent.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Advanced knowledge of Latin
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 1
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) 5000 word essay (100%)
Feedback Students will receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours for this course or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate command of the history of Latin literature in Scotland;
  2. Read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. Understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material in Latin;
  4. Develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Green, R.P.H., Burton, P.H., Ford, D.J. (eds) Scottish Latin Authors in Print up to 1700 : a Short-Title List. Leuven 2012.

Howlett, David. Caledonian craftsmanship: the Scottish Latin tradition. Dublin 1999.

Jack, R. D. (ed.), The History of Scottish Literature, volume 1: Origins to 1660 (Mediaeval and Renaissance). Aberdeen 1988.

Leonhardt, J. Latin: Story of a World Language. Cambridge, MA 2009.

Macquarrie, A. Legends of Scottish Saints: Readings, Hymns and Prayers for the Commemorations of Scottish Saints in the Aberdeen Breviary. Dublin 2012.

Petrina, A., and Johnston, I. (eds), The Impact of Latin Culture on Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing. Kalamazoo, MI 2018.

Reid, S.J., and McOmish, D. (eds), Neo-Latin Literature and Literary Culture in Early Modern Scotland. Leiden 2016.

Reid, S.J., and McOmish, D., Corona Borealis: Scottish Neo-Latin Poets on King James VI and his Reign, 1566-1603 . Glasgow 2020.

Sharpe, R. A Handlist of the Latin Writers of Great Britain and Ireland before 1540. Turnhout 1997.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to do independent research

Ability to critically analyse texts and sources

Ability to synthesize complex information
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Justin Stover
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
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