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Celtic and Scottish Literature

The University of Edinburgh
4 years
Master's degree
On campus
Edinburgh
English
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Program description

This programme offers you the opportunity to study the languages, literatures and cultures of the Celtic worlds alongside the literature of Scotland in both Scots and English. In Celtic, we work with the medieval literary tradition in Gaelic and Welsh, the most extensive in the whole of Europe, with the rich oral tradition recorded from the eighteenth century to the present day, and with poetry from the eighteenth-century golden age of Gaelic literature. We explore nineteenth- and twentieth-century responses to the rapid social, cultural, and linguistic changes in countries where the Celtic languages are spoken, and work with the writing, song, and media production emerging from the lively and varied contemporary cultural scene in Gaelic Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Scottish Gaelic is at the heart of the study of Celtic at the University of Edinburgh, and at honours level, it is also possible to study modern Irish and the medieval Celtic languages. At all levels, we offer courses in language, literature, history, and culture, enabling you to build your programme by developing your own interests in particular areas, periods, and disciplines of Celtic studies. The Scottish literature side of the programme also develops the critical, analytic, linguistic and creative skills of students by engaging with a broad range of texts and a variety of approaches to reading. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the history of literary development in English and Scots from the fourteenth century to the present, through the study of a range of texts from the following periods: renaissance; romantic; modern; medieval; eighteenth-century; Victorian; and contemporary (post-1945).

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University of Edinburgh

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh. Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh (UoE) is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Britain and Ireland’s seven ancient universities. It is made up of three colleges: Humanities...


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