03 Recupéraçao

Recupéraçao: for students graded between 3 and 4.9 out of 10.

The recupéraçao  for this course is an essay of 1500-2000 words, to be uploaded to moodle no later than 11.55 pm Sunday 15th December 2013. The format of the essay should be in a conventional style (eg MLA, APA); Times New Roman font; 1.5 spacing. The word limit includes your bibliography.

The eminent literary critic, Cairns Craig, has written:

"the nature of a national imagination, like a language, is an unending series of interactions between different strands of tradition, between influences from within and without, between the impact of new experiences and the reinterpretation of past experiences: the nation is a series of ongoing debates, founded in institutions and patterns of life, whose elements are continually changing but which constitute, by the nature of the issues which they foreground, and by their reiteration of elements of the past, a dialogue which is unique to that particular place."

--  Cairns Craig, The Modern Scottish Novel: Narrative and the National Imagination (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999), pp. 30-31.

Write an essay of around 1200 words that supports or challenges the view that Scottish literature is a uniquely situated and ‘unending series of interactions between different strands of tradition, between influences from within and without’. Illustrate your argument with examples taken from a selection of those writers and their work covered in the course.

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