Scottish and Irish Fiction

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Module code


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


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.


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, 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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