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The criteria for the mid-term essay are detailed in the syllabus. The three topics are as follows. Write on one topic only.
1.] Develop a unified theory of the literary relevancy of the use of dialect Scots by Spark, Lochhead & McIlvanney. Concentrate your argument on direct textual analysis.
2.] It is argued that John Knox and David Hume represent a dynamic opposition at the foundation of contemporary Scottish literature. Using your own understanding of the essential characteristic of Scottishness, analyse how this putative opposition functions in literary terms in any two of the primary course texts.
3.] Textually analyse the matriarchies represented in Liz Lochhead's Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in terms of the continentalist theory of Scottish Studies.