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EL35KN: HAUNTED TEXTS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course offers an overview of a wide range of twentieth-century Scottish literature, focusing on themes of haunting, death, and place. Including novels, short stories, poetry, and drama, the course explores questions of the relationship between self and society, the legacy of the past, and the formation of gendered and regional identities. There are lots of ghosts.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tim Baker

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

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

This course introduces students to a variety of twentieth-century Scottish literary texts, including fiction, poetry, and drama. Ranging from Modernist innovation to postmodern experimentation, the course focuses on the relationship between individual and communal identities, the importance of local experience, and the legacies of the past. The course is also unified by a focus on haunting, including not only ghost stories but considerations of the way twentieth-century texts are haunted by earlier works. While the course follows on from Sympathy for the Devil: Nineteenth-Century Scottish Short Stories, it may be taken independently, and no prior knowledge of Scottish literature is required. Authors may include J.M. Barrie, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Muriel Spark, and Ali Smith.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 3000-word essay (45%), one 2000-word essay (35%), one group report (10%), seminar assessment mark (10%).

Resit: One written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback will be provided orally and in writing.

Course Learning Outcomes


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