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Scottish Literature
     

Scottish Literature

by Gerard Carruthers
 

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This series provides accessible yet provocative introductions to a wide range of literatures. The volumes will initiate and deepen the reader's understanding of key literary movements, periods and genres, and consider debates that inform the past, present and future of literary study. Resources such as glossaries of key terms and details of archives and internet

Overview

This series provides accessible yet provocative introductions to a wide range of literatures. The volumes will initiate and deepen the reader's understanding of key literary movements, periods and genres, and consider debates that inform the past, present and future of literary study. Resources such as glossaries of key terms and details of archives and internet sites are also provided, making each volume a comprehensive critical guide.

This guide combines detailed literary history with discussion of contemporary debates about Scottishness.

The book considers the rise of Scottish Studies, the development of a national literature, and issues of cultural nationalism. Beginning in the medieval period during a time of nation building, the book goes on to focus on the 'Scots revival' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries before moving on to discuss the literary renaissance of the twentieth century.

Debates concerning Celticism and Gaelic take place alongside discussion of key Scottish writers such as William Dunbar, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Margaret Oliphant, Hugh MacDiarmid, Alasdair Gray, Janice Galloway and Liz Lochhead. The book also considers émigré writers to Scotland; Scottish literature in relation to England, the United States and Ireland; and postcolonialism and other theories that shed fresh light on the current status and future of Scottish literature.

Key Features

Identifies the main trends in the emergence and development of Scottish literature, situating them in historical and cultural context

Discusses long-running debates about Scottish language and national identity through detailed readings of authors andtexts

Introduces students to a variety of comparative and theoretical approaches which further develop an understanding of Scottish literature

Encourages reflection on questions of Scottish nationalism, cultural politics, canonicity and the rise of Scottish Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748633098
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
06/08/2009
Series:
Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gerard Carruthers is Reader and Head of Department in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow

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