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EN3214 The Country and the City in Scottish Literature

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:12.00 noon - 2.00 pm Mon

What and where is Scotland? How have the cities and the countryside of Scotland been created over the last 200 years? And what are the internal and external borders of Scottish literature - psychologically, geographically and formally? By exploring Scottish novels - and poetry - from the early 19th century to the present day we examine the literary construction and deconstruction of Scotland through depictions of its rural and urban spaces. In particular, we analyse dystopian and utopian fantasies, green and gothic tendencies, and nostalgia both for the lost idyllic countryside and for gritty, urban 'reality', to ask if Scotland as a literary construction makes sense - and if it needs to. (Group E)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group E Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 x 1-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr P Mackay
Module teaching staff:Dr P Mackay