Reading Periodicals (PGT) ENGLIT5112

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This masters-level course explores British and North American magazines and newspapers from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. It centres on the question: how is reading a periodical different from reading a book? The course will examine the periodical as genre and as material object. It will also ask how we encounter literary texts differently when they appear in the context of a serial publication.


One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar weekly which may be taught concurrently with ENGLIT4126, as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses



■ 35% mid-term essay (1500 words)

■ 65% final essay (3500 words)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

■ engage in depth with a range of popular and high-culture magazines and newspapers from a broad historical period (1700-present)

■ familiarise students with critical approaches and debates in the field of Periodical Studies

■ promote a fresh understanding of literary texts in relation to the periodical contexts of their first publication

■ enable students to develop individually selected areas of specialised research

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ assess ways in which reading a periodical is different from reading a book

■ critically examine periodicals of different cultural levels in relation to their intended audiences

■ analyse and compare literary texts in relation to their periodical contexts

■ conduct advanced critical work using a range of arguments about the periodical as genre, as material object, and as resource for literary and cultural studies

■ conduct in-depth research using a range of digital and print archives of serial publications

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and persuasive argument.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.