Scottish and Irish Fiction

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Credits

30

Module code

EN41027

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

Description

This module introduces you to some of the most innovative works of fiction produced by Scottish and Irish writers before 1900, including Swift, Smollett, Edgeworth, Scott, Hogg, Stevenson and Stoker, among others. We will also consider the development of the novel, novella and short story 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, historical fiction, crime writing, and the gothic.

Anti-requisites

EN31001 (Level 3 version of this module)

Convenor

Dr Daniel Cook

Teaching

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

Assessment

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

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

Reading

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, selected short stories
  • James Hogg, Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
  • Charlotte Riddell and Margaret Oliphant, selected short stories
  • Robert Louis Stevenson, 'The Body Snatcher' and 'Olalla' (1880s)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (1890)
  • Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)

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