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.

COURSE approximate dates session US 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

  • Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry, ed. Keith Tuma (Oxford: OUP, 2001)*
  • Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)

  • Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories (Oxford World's Classics edition, 2008, ed. by Angela Smith) (1911-1923) 

  • J.M. Synge, Playboy of the Western World (1907)

  • James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)

  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925) 

  • T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922) 

  • Hope Mirrlees, Paris (1922) 

  • Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight (1939)

  • Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin (1939)

* NB: Students are not required to purchase this volume of poetry - selected poems for the lecture and seminar will be distributed to all students in advance.

Session II - Scottish Literature

  • Hugh MacDiarmid, selected poems (no particular poetry collection is assigned)*

  • Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song

  • Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • John McGrath, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil

  • Gregory Burke, Black Watch

  • Edwin Morgan, Liz Lochhead, and Jen Hadfield, selected poems*

  • Alasdair Gray, Poor Things

  • David Greig, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

  • A.L. Kennedy, Janice Galloway, and Ali Smith, selected stories*

  • James Robertson, And The Land Lay Still
* NB: Students are not required to purchase volumes of poetry - specific reading selections for these lectures and seminars will be circulated to all students in advance. We will also circulate short stories, but if you would like to purchase a collection, we recommend A.L. Kennedy's What Becomes, Janice Galloway's Collected Stories, and Ali Smith's The Whole Story and Other Stories

Session III - Contemporary Literature

  • David Greig, Europe

  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth

  • A.S. Byatt, The Nightingale’s Eyes

  • Identity Parade: Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, ed. by Roddy Lumsden

  • Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan

  • Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

  • Ali Smith, There But For The

  • David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Session IV - Creative Writing

  • Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories (Oxford World’s Classics edition, 2008, ed. by Angela Smith) (1911-1923)

  • T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

  • Hope Mirrlees, Paris (1922)

  • Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight (1939)

  • Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • Edwin Morgan, Liz Lochhead, and Jen Hadfield, selected poems*

  • David Greig, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (2011)

* NB: Students are not required to purchase volumes of poetry – specific reading selections for these lectures and seminars will be circulated to all students in advance.

Session V - Theatre & Performance

Essential

  • David Greig, Europe (1995)

  • John McGrath, Hyperlynx (2001)

  • Sarah Kane, Blasted (1995)

  • Liz Lochhead, Dracula (1989)

  • Alan Bennett, History Boys (2004)

  • Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishmaan (1996)

  • Nicola McCartney, Heritage (1998)

  • Stef Smith, Roadkill (2012)

  • Jackie Kay, Chiaroscuro (1986)

  • Seamus Heaney, Burial at Thebes (2004)

  • Rona Munro, James I (2014)

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)