SUISS - Instructions for the Preliminary Course Form

  • Course Code: Please use "SUISS XX" for your course code for all sections.
  • Title: Please use the course name (e.g. Modernism)
  • Session: Please use the term number associated with your course (e.g. for Modernism, use "1")
  • Credits: Please use the number of credits displayed for the appropriate course below.
  • If you are taking more than one course, please list each one separately.

There are five different courses, or sessions, available at SUISS.

COURSEapproximate datessessionUS Credit Hours
Modernism Early July - Mid-July 1 2.5
Scottish Literature Mid-July - Late July 2 2.5
Contemporary Literature End July - Mid-August 3 2.5
Creative Writing Early July - Late July 4 4
Contemporary British and Irish Theatre and Performance Early August - Mid-August 5 2.5

You may take any individual course out of the five listed above, or may combine the courses in the following ways:

  • Modernism + Scottish Literature
  • Modernism + Scottish Literature + Contemporary Literature
  • Scottish Literature + Contemporary Literature
  • Creative Writing + Contemporary Literature
  • Creative Writing + Theatre and Performance
  • Scottish Literature + Theatre and Performance
  • Modernism + Scottish Literature + Theatre and Performance

The following books constitute the core texts, which formed the basis of the academic work of the 2014 School. You 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. You need not purchase copies of the volumes of poetry - poems will be distributed by tutors in seminars. This list reflects the 2014 SUISS curriculum. Reading lists are subject to change from year to year.

Scottish Universities International Summer School Reading List

Session I

Modernism

  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land
  • E. M. Forster, A Passage to India
  • Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World
  • James Joyce, Dubliners
  • George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
  • J.M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
  • W. B. Yeats, Selected Poems

Session II

Scottish Literature

  • Gregory Burke, Black Watch
  • Douglas Dunn, ed., The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories
  • Douglas Dunn, ed., Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry
  • Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song
  • Alasdair Gray, Poor Things
  • David Greig, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
  • Liz Lochhead, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and A Choosing: Selected Poems
  • John McGrath, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
  • Edwin Morgan, New Selected Poetry
  • Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack

Session III

Contemporary Literature

  • Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
  • Samuel Beckett, Endgame
  • Angela Carter, Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
  • David Greig, The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman he Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union
  • Sarah Kane, Blasted
  • Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia
  • Roddy Lumsden, Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets
  • Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan
  • Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • Ali Smith, There but for the

Session IV

Creative Writing

  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land
  • E. M. Forster, A Passage to India
  • Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World
  • James Joyce, Dubliners
  • George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
  • J.M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
  • W. B. Yeats, Selected Poems
  • Gregory Burke, Black Watch
  • Douglas Dunn, ed., The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories
  • Douglas Dunn, ed., Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry
  • Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song
  • Alasdair Gray, Poor Things
  • David Greig, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
  • Liz Lochhead, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and A Choosing: Selected Poems
  • John McGrath, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
  • Edwin Morgan, New Selected Poetry
  • Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack

Session V

Theatre & Performance

Essential

  • John McGrath, The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black, Black Oil. (1973)
  • Caryl Churchill, Cloud 9 (1978)
  • Brian Friel, Translations (1980)
  • Sarah Kane, Blasted (1995)
  • Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan (1996)
  • Nicola McCartney, Heritage (1998)
  • Zinnie Harris, Further than the Furthest Thing (2000)
  • David Harrower, Blackbird (2005)
  • Gregory Burke. Black Watch (2006)
  • David Greig, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union (2007)
  • Debbie Tucker Green, Random (2008)

Recommended (optional)

  • Angelaki, Vicky (ed). Contemporary British Theatre. Breaking New Ground. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013)
  • Badiou, Alain. Rhapsody for the Theatre. (London + Brooklyn: Verso, 2013)
  • Balme, Christopher. The Theatrical Public Sphere. (Cambridge: CUP, 2014).
  • Fortier, Mark. Theory/Theatre. An Introduction. (London + NY: Routledge, 2002)
  • McGrath, John. A Good Night Out. Popular Theatre: Audience, Class and Form. (London: Nick Hern, 1996)
  • Reid, Trish. Theatre & Scotland. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013)
  • Shepherd, Simon. Theatre, Body and Pleasure. (London + NY: Routledge, 2006)