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The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature

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Gerard Carruthers, Liam McIlvanney, Thomas Clancy, Alessandra Petrina, Sarah Dunnigan, Leith Davis, Nigel Leask, Murray Pittock, Ian Duncan, Peter Mackay, David Punter, Andrew Nash, Penny Fielding, Scott Lyall, David Goldie, Robert Hosmer, Fiona Stafford, Matthew Wickman, Cairns Craig
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  • Date Published: December 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521189361

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  • Scotland's rich literary tradition is a product of its unique culture and landscape, as well as of its long history of inclusion and resistance to the United Kingdom. Scottish literature includes masterpieces in three languages – English, Scots and Gaelic – and global perspectives from the diaspora of Scots all over the world. This Companion offers a unique introduction, guide and reference work for students and readers of Scottish literature from the pre-medieval period to the post-devolution present. Essays focus on key periods and movements (the Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish Romanticism, the Scottish Renaissance), genres (the historical novel, Scottish Gothic, 'Tartan Noir') and major authors (Burns, Scott, Stevenson, MacDiarmid and Spark). A chronology and guides to further reading in each chapter make this an ideal overview of a national literature that continues to develop its own distinctive style.

    • Both a history and a critical guide to Scottish literature, an excellent starting point for study
    • Accessible essays written by leading researchers in Scottish literature
    • Covers all periods (from pre-medieval) as well as major authors (Burns, Scott, Stevenson, Spark)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In these 19 thought provoked essays, senior international scholars(most Scottish) wrestle with topics like pre-Scottish literature and the mixed medieval period; the influence of the Reformation on Renaissance literature; the effect of the two unicorns (crown and parliament) on Scottish Literature; and the link between the Enlightenment and Romanticism(no longer perceived as opposites)."
    -J. Walker, Choice

    "… a fascinating account of Scottish literature from the sixth century onwards. … The Companion to Scottish Literature should be on the required reading list of anyone interested in the development and current state of Scottish literature and, by extension, the Scottish critical tradition."
    Rhona Brown, Scottish Studies Newsletter

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    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521189361
    • length: 341 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Gerard Carruthers and Liam McIlvanney
    1. Scottish literature before Scottish literature Thomas Clancy
    2. The Medieval period Alessandra Petrina
    3. Reformation and Renaissance Sarah Dunnigan
    4. The aftermath of Union Leith Davis
    5. Robert Burns Nigel Leask
    6. Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Scottish Canon: cosmopolites or narrow nationalists? Murray Pittock
    7. Scott and the historical novel Ian Duncan
    8. The Gaelic tradition Peter Mackay
    9. Scottish Gothic David Punter
    10. Victorian Scottish literature Andrew Nash
    11. Robert Louis Stevenson Penny Fielding
    12. Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Renaissance Scott Lyall
    13. Popular fiction: detective novels and thrillers from Holmes to Rebus David Goldie
    14. Muriel Spark Robert Hosmer
    15. The Glasgow novel Liam McIlvanney
    16. 'What is the language using us for?': Modern Scottish poetry Fiona Stafford
    17. The emergence of Scottish studies Matthew Wickman
    18. Otherworlds: devolution and the Scottish novel Cairns Craig
    19. Scottish literature in diaspora Gerard Carruthers

  • Editors

    Gerard Carruthers, University of Glasgow
    Gerard Carruthers is Professor of Scottish Literature Since 1700 at the University of Glasgow.

    Liam McIlvanney, University of Otago, New Zealand
    Liam McIlvanney is Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.


    Gerard Carruthers, Liam McIlvanney, Thomas Clancy, Alessandra Petrina, Sarah Dunnigan, Leith Davis, Nigel Leask, Murray Pittock, Ian Duncan, Peter Mackay, David Punter, Andrew Nash, Penny Fielding, Scott Lyall, David Goldie, Robert Hosmer, Fiona Stafford, Matthew Wickman, Cairns Craig

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