ENG 376: Scottish Literature


Dr. Federico 3 credits


          An overview of Scottish fiction, from the Romanticism of Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, through the Scottish renaissance of the 1930s and postwar writing, to contemporary writers from before and after the 1997 devolution (the establishment of a Scottish Parliament). Nation, place, and identity will be important themes, but we’ll also be interested in discussing the problems and politics of language and “minority literature,” the uses of history, religion, and the supernatural in Scottish fiction, the persistence of Tartan myths and contemporary innovations in genre and form, and constructions of gender and class.

Required Course Texts:      
Walter Scott, Chronicles of the Canongate
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales
Margaret Oliphant, “The Open Door” and “The Library Window”
John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps
Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Liz Lochhead, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off
James Kelman, Busted Scotch
Ann Donovan, Buddha Da
James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack

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