Scotland Study Abroad at the Scottish Universities International Summer School in Edinburgh

Summer Study Abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland
Reading List

The following books constitute the core texts, which form the basis of the academic work of the 2011 School. Students are strongly advised to read as many of the texts as possible before arriving in Edinburgh as time will be limited once the program is underway.

Note: Students need not purchase copies of the volumes of poetry - poems will be distributed by tutors in seminars.

Term I: Modernism

T. S. Eliot, Selected Poems
James Joyce, Dubliners
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
W. B. Yeats, Purgatory and selected poetry
(suggested edition: W.B. Yeats: The Major Works [Edward Larrissy ed.])
Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin
Samuel Beckett, Endgame and Waiting for Godot


Term II: Scottish Literature

Hugh MacDiarmid, Selected Poetry
Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song
Edwin Morgan, New Selected Poetry
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Driver's Seat
John McGrath, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
Gregory Burke, Black Watch
Alasdair Gray, Poor Things
Liz Lochhead, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems 1967-1984
James Kelman, Greyhound for Breakfast
A.L. Kennedy, What Becomes
selected contemporary Scottish poetry


Term III: Contemporary Literature

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
J.G. Ballard, Empire of the Sun
Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia
Jackie Kay, Trumpet
Sarah Kane, Blasted
Paul Muldoon, Poems 1968-1998
Medbh McGuckian, Selected Poems: 1978-1994
Ciaran Carson, Collected Poems (Peter Fallon ed.)
Ten: New Poets from Spread the Word (Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra eds)


Creative Writing

Students attending the Creative Writing course are strongly recommended to read as many of the Contemporary Literature texts are possible, in particular the novels, before coming to Edinburgh, as they will also be attending the Contemporary Literature lectures. While this preparatory reading is essential, Creative Writing students are not required to bring these texts with them to Scotland.