The Scottish Invention of English Literature

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The Scottish Invention of English Literature explores the origins of the teaching of English literature in the academy. An international team demonstrates how the subject was invented in Scottish universities before being exported abroad, where it was linked to the search for distinctive cultural identities throughout the English-speaking world. This compr ehensive account provides a wealth of new material on this international dimension, while also demonstrating the particular Scottish provenance of the ...
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Overview

The Scottish Invention of English Literature explores the origins of the teaching of English literature in the academy. An international team demonstrates how the subject was invented in Scottish universities before being exported abroad, where it was linked to the search for distinctive cultural identities throughout the English-speaking world. This compr ehensive account provides a wealth of new material on this international dimension, while also demonstrating the particular Scottish provenance of the university subject of English literature.
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"The book's major achievement is in establishing a Scottish line of critical descent in the development of literature as an academic discipline For this reason, and for its graceful form and style (a tribute to Scottish literary traditions), this should be essential reading for every literary scholar." Studies in Scottish Literature

"Crawford's thesis is as elegant as it is grandiose." Financial Times, U.S. Edition, John Sutherland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521067232
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 From Rhetoric to Criticism 22
2 Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson and the institutions of English 37
3 The 'eloquence of the Bar': Hugh Blair's Lectures, professionalism and Scottish legal education 55
4 Hugh Blair's Ossian, Romanticism and the teaching of Literature 68
5 The entrance of the novel into the Scottish universities 89
6 William Greenfield: gender and the transmission of literary culture 103
7 An evolutionary microcosm: the teaching of Literature and aesthetics at Aberdeen 116
8 The early impact of Scottish literary teaching in North America 134
9 Scottish academia and the invention of American Studies 164
10 Scottish Rhetoric and the formation of literary studies in nineteenth-century England 180
11 'A centre at the edge': Scotland and the early teaching of Literature in Australia and New Zealand 207
12 Scottish Literature and English Studies 225
Index 247
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