Edinburgh is uniquely suited as a place in which to study the relation of literature to modernity.
The National Library of Scotland - a copyright library, containing all volumes published in the United Kingdom - offers resources as good as anywhere in the world for the study of 20th and 21st century literature. Its resources are complemented by those of the University Library, a borrowing library containing material acquired specifically to serve the needs of the MSc in Literature and Modernity.
Additionally, the University Library contains a number of specialist collections relevant to work in the modern area, such as the Ramage Bequest of recent and contemporary poetry. Further resources in Scottish poetry can be found in the nearby Scottish Poetry Library.
More widely, the city of Edinburgh’s extensive museums and galleries, particularly the Gallery of Modern Art, offer excellent opportunities for assessing the evolution of 20th century literary imagination in relation to other artistic forms.
Edinburgh’s lively theatre culture usually offers several productions of modern plays, while in the summer months the Edinburgh International Festival, now much the largest of its kind in the world, offers the chance to see a huge range of performances from the international repertoire, often of avant-garde material, as well as numerous specialist events and exhibitions throughout the city.
One of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in modern Europe, the city of Edinburgh offers an ideal background for an MSc programme examining the evolution of literary form and imagination in the modern age.
This article was published on Jun 29, 2012