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Undergraduate Course: Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Literature (ENLI10327)

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
SummaryThis course introduces students to the range and diversity of literature created in Lowland Scotland from c1460 - 1603, allowing in-depth study of the poetry of Henryson, Dunbar, and Douglas as well as of lesser known writers from the courts of Mary, Queen of Scots and James VI.
Course description Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Henryson: The Testament of Cresseid; Fables 1
Week 3 Henryson: Fables II; Orpheus and Eurydice
Week 4 Dunbar I: comic and satiric verse
Week 5 Dunbar II: personal and political verse
Week 6 Douglas: Eneados (extracts)
Week 7 Lyndsay (poetry); introduction to Marian literature I
Week 9 Marian Literature II; introduction to Jacobean Literature I
Week 10 Jacobean Literature II.
Week 11 Literature of the Union of the Crowns.

This course introduces students to the range and diversity of literature created in Lowland Scotland from c1460 - 1603, allowing in-depth study of the poetry of Henryson, Dunbar, and Douglas as well as of lesser known writers from the courts of Mary, Queen of Scots and James VI. By bridging the two periods conventionally demarcated as 'Medieval' and 'Renaissance', or early modern, it will encourage students to reflect on the artistic and intellectual usefulness or applicability of these categories in the context of Scottish writing which arguably engages in interesting and challenging ways with conventional ideas about periodicity. The course will explore the distinctiveness of creative production primarily from the Scottish royal courts of the late fifteenth to early seventeenth centuries, allowing students to engage with literary texts composed in a variety of genres, and exploring a range of both secular and sacred subjects. It will also enable students to reflect on possible affinities with, and divergences from, the impulses of English, French, and Italian literatures.
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) AND Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 (ENLI08024) AND Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 (ENLI08025) OR Scottish Literature 2A (ENLI08022) AND Scottish Literature 2B (ENLI08023) OR English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) AND Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs N/A
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of 4 college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as cross disciplinary, "Freshman Seminars", civilisation or creative writing classes are not considered for admission to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course
having four or more literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
- To introduce students to a range of material by late and medieval and Renaissance Scottish writers which will expand and enrich their knowledge of these two periods from first year Scottish and English Literature courses: specifically it will enable students to explore the full range of work by major writers such as Henryson, Dunbar, and Douglas as well as introducing them to relatively unknown writers from the mid-sixteenth to early seventeenth centuries (texts will be drawn from online teaching materials and through the provision of a course anthology);
- Through detailed and in-depth analysis of material, to help foster, develop, and consolidate student's close reading and analytical skills of literature from the period pre-1600;
- To develop students' knowledge and understanding of the specific cultural, political, and historical contexts which shape and inform artistic production in Scotland between c1460 and c1603;
- To encourage students to explore the question of whether Scottish literary writing in these two periods possesses distinctive or singular aesthetic features which might suggest the interrelationship between cultural and political practices;
- To encourage students to reflect on questions of periodicity, and whether and how the categories of 'Medieval' and 'Renaissance', might meaningfully be used to understand the particular artistic and cultural trajectories of Scottish literature;
- To enable students to contextualise Scottish literature within English and European
Reading List
A course anthology will be provided by the course organiser in addition to the use of material online provided by TEAMS: Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (http://www.teamsmedieval/org.)
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements N/A
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks. Attendance at Autonomous Learning Group - at time to be arranged.
KeywordsMedieval Renaissance Scottish Literature
Course organiserDr Sarah Dunnigan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8304
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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