Course: Contemporary Scottish Literature

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Course title Contemporary Scottish Literature
Course code KAA/3B08
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Peprník Michal, prof. PhDr. Dr.
  • Jelínková Ema, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course focuses on trends in contemporary Scottish literature, highlighted in the works of the following authors: 1.M.Spark: *The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie The Driver´s Seat 2.J.Galloway: Valentine, Not Flu, Someone Had to, The Bridge (in: Where You Find It) *J.Galloway: The Trick Is to Keep Breathing 3.L.Lochhead: Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off 4.*A.Gray: Lanark 5.A.L.Kennedy: A Perfect Possession, Failing to Fall, The Mousebock Family Dictionary (in: Now That You Are Back) 6.*I.Welsh: Trainspotting 7.*I.Banks: The Wasp Factory 8.E.Morgan: Selected Poems 9.L.Lochhead: Dreaming Frankenstein (tba) 10.*J.Kelman: How Late It Was, How Late 11.K.Atkinson: Charlene and Trudi Go Shopping, The Cat Lover (in: Not the End of the World) 12.R.Butlin: Vivaldi Learns a New Skill (in: Vivaldi and the Number 3)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
  • Homework for Teaching - 30 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 22 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 18 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is aimed at providing an introduction into Scottish literature of 1970s-1990s. Major attention is paid to the uneasy heritage of the past, Calvinism and its view of predestination, failure of Scotland in historical perspective and the present-day ?resurrection? of its culture.
- The understanding of the development of literature and of the main genres in relation to the social and cultural changes - The understanding of the specific character of literary representation - The understanding of the connections between the past and the present, mediated by literature - Developing the appreciation for the value of cultural heritage - Acquiring the basic literary terminology and MLA bibliography norm - Greater competence for the interpretation of literary text - Greater competence for structuring and writing essays - Development of the competence for a scholarly discussion
The prerequisites are courses British Literature 1 and British Literature 2.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam, Essay, Student performance, Seminar Work

presence (max. 3 absences) an essay ( 5-6 pages) or a presentation (15-20 mins) 4 items* on the reading list (*1 item = 1 novel / play, or 5 short stories, or 10 poems)
Recommended literature
  • Bentley N. (2008). Contemporary British Fiction. Edinburgh.
  • Carruthers G. (2009). Contemporary Scottish Literature. Edinburgh.
  • Carter, Ronald, and John McRae. (2001). The Routledge History of Literature in English: Britain and Ireland. London.
  • McGuire M. (2009). Contemporary Scottish Literature. London.
  • Morgan K. (2000). A Very Short Introduction to Contemporary Britain. Oxford.
  • Padley S. (2009). Key Concepts in Contemporary Literature. London.

Study plans that include the course
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