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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 10:02

Course Overview

This course explores a range of contemporary Scottish and Irish texts and looks at the key developments in the literatures of the two nations; indeed, new modes of urban writing, working-class writing and women's writing have altered the landscapes of Scottish and Irish literature. The course looks at 'states of mind' in a dual sense: imaginative projections of the 'nation' and psychological explorations of the mind.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Shane Alcobia-Murphy

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • English (EL) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The past two decades in Scotland and Ireland have witnessed a remarkable literary renaissance, encompassing fiction, poetry and drama. Much of this recent work has tended not only to resist metropolitan literary and linguistic norms, but also - and perhaps more importantly - to challenge inherited notions of Scottish and Irish identity. New modes of urban writing, working-class writing and women's writing have altered the landscapes of Scottish and Irish literature. The course will examine a range of Scottish and Irish texts, adopting a comparative framework where appropriate, and focussing on such issues as: the role of writing in the construction of national identity; the relationship between nationality and gender; the literary use of non-standard language (demotic and synthetic Scots, Hiberno-English); regional identity and the urban/rural division; narrative voice; literature and politics.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • 2700-word essay (30%)
  • 3200-word essay (50%)
  • Oral presentation (10%)
  • Seminar assessment mark (10%)


  • 3500-word essay

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Detailed written feedback on the essays. Detailed oral feedback on the presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes


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