English Literature MA

Irish and Scottish Literature post 1900 ENGLIT4094

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to key writers in (non-Gaelic language) Irish and Scottish literatures post-1900, with a comparative focus. Core lectures and seminars throughout the semester suggest connections and distinctions between an extensive and varied range of texts by outlining relevant historical contexts, critical debates and conceptual frameworks.


1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 1hr seminar each week over ten weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT3004 and  ENGLIT3005 Irish and Scottish Literature post 1900 Level 3

ENGLIT4073  Irish and Scottish Literature post 1900


Either a close reading exercise or essay (1500 words): 25%  

Essay (3000 words): 50%

Group [paired] presentation of 14 minutes [graded individually]: 15% 

Seminar contribution: 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study a range of authors, issues, forms and genres within Irish and Scottish Literature post-1900, towards developing a knowledge of Irish and Scottish literature in the period

■ analyse a selection of key critical terms and concepts informing critical and creative practice of the period

■ consider literary texts in relation to theoretical, cultural and historical contexts

■ read across several genres and forms within the literature of the period and to develop individually selected areas of specialised inquiry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ situate Irish and Scottish literature of the period within a critically and historically informed comparative framework

■ consider how Irish and Scottish literatures of the period are constructed as national literatures

■ analyse a range of formal and thematic preoccupations within Irish and Scottish literature and relate them to their historical, cultural, social and political contexts

■ mobilise organisational and analytical skills in order to be able to present and argue a case cogently and effectively, employing contemporary methods of research and information retrieval and applying them to good effect in their work

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

■ demonstrate resilience and time management through effectively planning, undertaking and submitting coursework.

■ deal with change and new challenges by applying their disciplinary skills and knowledge to previously unfamiliar research areas and questions.

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.