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Summer School - Edinburgh: City of Literature 1, 2022, University of Edinburgh, UK

Publish Date: Mar 11, 2022

Deadline: May 23, 2022

Event Dates: from Jul 04, 2022 12:00 to Jul 15, 2022 12:00

This course explores the rich literary heritage of Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature.

Examine the work of some of the city's most celebrated local literary talents, as well as the work of writers who have found the city conducive and influential to their creativity. We shall read a wide variety of texts from the 18th Century to present day and consider the common themes which emerge as well as exploring these writers' presence in the city through manuscript collections and objects in the museums, collections and the local environment. 
A student on this course can expect to explore a range of texts inspired by, linked to, or written in, Edinburgh. For each text we shall examine the presentation of Edinburgh and consider how the local setting may have influenced the development of the text. Where possible, we shall examine contextual information to evaluate the part individual texts have played in shaping Scottish Literature more generally. 
From the outset, we shall examine a range of literary texts across the  genres as well as other materials such as journalism and correspondence, locating the authors within the country's cultural and historical context. Language and identity will be key themes for exploration throughout the course as we examine writers’ use of Scots and consider the influence and importance of linguistic devices. Throughout the course, both in formative and summative assessment and also in group discussion, students will be encouraged to identify literary devices and refer to them using recognised literary terminology, so as to develop an academic vocabulary. 
The course will be taught in a small seminar setting, where participation will be supported and encouraged. The course will explore these writers' presence in the city through manuscript collections. We will also follow their footsteps through the city and see how their presence has been marked with monuments, plaques and other forms of cultural heritage. 

Teaching method
All classes will be delivered in person at the University of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Campus.


  • Close Reading Exercise (1000 words) (worth 25%) to be delivered mid-course. 
  • Optional formative close reading essay plan. 
  • Close Reading Exercise (2000 words) (worth 75%) to be submitted 10 days after the end of the course.  

Teaching fellow: Anthony McKibbin
Credit level: SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
Credits: 20 SCQF/10 ECTS/4 US (Find out more about studying for credit here)
Eligibility: Students must be aged 18 or over
An academic transcript must be provided to certify at least 1 year of Undergraduate study.

Language requirements
Evidence of English language ability equivalent of IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

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