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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.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
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.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
Detailed written feedback on the essays. Detailed oral feedback on the presentations.