Scottish and Irish Fiction - EN41027

Quick Facts

  • Level 4
  • 30 Credits
  • Semester 2
  • 24 places
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • A pre-1900 Century module.

Module Details

This module introduces you to some of the most innovative works of fiction produced by Scottish and Irish writers before the contemporary period, including Swift and Smollett (in the eighteenth century); Maria Edgeworth and Walter Scott (in the nineteenth); and Elizabeth Bowen and Muriel Spark (in the twentieth), among others. We will also consider the development of the novel against significant historical themes, including unions and rebellions; dominant aesthetic fashions such as the sentimental and the absurd; and perennial literary concerns such as love and death and war. Above all else, we shall explore the impact of Scottish and Irish writers on major literary genres, including romance, political and religious satire, picaresque and historical fiction, horror, and the spy thriller.


EN31001 (Level 3 version of this module)


Dr Daniel Cook


The module will be taught by one weekly one-hour lecture and one weekly two-hour seminar over 11 weeks.


Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:

  • One 3,500 word essay (50%)
  • One 3,500 word essay (50%)


Primary Texts (Please consult with Dr Daniel Cook before purchasing)

·        Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (1726)

·        Tobias Smollett, Roderick Random (1748)

·        Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent (1800)

·        Lady Morgan, The Wild Irish Girl (1806)

·        Walter Scott, Waverley (1814)

·        James Hogg, Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)

·        Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (1890)

·        Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)

·        Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day (1948)

·        Muriel Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960)

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