The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: From Columba to the Union (until 1707) v. 1
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The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature General Editor: Ian Brown Co-editors: Thomas Owen Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature offers a major reinterpretation, re-evaluation and repositioning of the scope, nature and importance of Scottish Literature, arguably Scotland's most important and influential contribution to world culture. Drawing on the very best of recent scholarship, the History contributes a wide range of new and exciting insights. It takes full account of modern theory, but refuses to be in thrall to critical fashion. It is important not only for literary scholars, but because it changes the very way we think about what Scottishness is. The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, Volume 1: From Columba to the Union (until 1707) Period Editors: Thomas Owen Clancy and Murray Pittock General editor: Ian Brown Co-editor: Susan Manning The History begins with the first full-scale critical consideration of Scotland's earliest literature, drawn from the diverse cultures and languages of its early peoples. The first volume covers the literature produced during the medieval and early modern period in Scotland, surveying the riches of Scottish work in Gaelic, Welsh, Old Norse, Old English and Old French, as well as in Latin and Scots. New scholarship is brought to bear, not only on imaginative literature, but also law, politics, theology and philosophy, all placed in the context of the evolution of Scotland's geography, history, languages and material cultures from our earliest times up to 1707. The other volumes in the History are: The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, Volume 2: Enlightenment, Britain and Empire (1707-1918) The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, Volume 3: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918) Key Features: * Original - presents new approaches to what is literature and what is Scottishness. * Inclusive - Gaelic and diasporic writing, Latin writing, theological writing, legal writing, and context chapters. * Comprehensive - provides the fullest coverage of Scottish literature ever and the first survey for almost 20 years. * Distinguished contributors from many countries. * Influences the agenda for critical debate on Scottish writing in the twenty-first century.show more

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 174 x 256 x 34mm | 798.34g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748616152
  • 9780748616152

About Ian Brown

Ian Brown is Professor in Drama at Kingston University. He is General Editor of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (EUP: 2007) and Series Editor of The Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature, co-editing the volume on the twentieth century (2009) and on drama (due out in 2011). Thomas Clancy is Lecturer in the Department of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. Susan Manning is Grierson Professor of English Literature, and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of Fragments of Union: Making Connections in Scottish and American Writing (2002) and The Puritan-Provincial Vision: Scottish and American Literature in the Nineteenth Century (1990). Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Head of the College of Arts and Vice-Principal. He has formerly held chairs and other senior appointments at Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester universities. His recent work includes Scottish and Irish Romanticism (2008), The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe (2007) and James Boswell (2007). Forthcoming work includes collections on Robert Burns in Global Culture, the Reception of Robert Burns in Europe and the textual edition of the Scottish Musical Museum for the Oxford Burns. He is currently PI of the AHRC Beyond Text project, 'Robert Burns, 1796-1909: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory'.show more

Table of contents

Preface, Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock; Introduction; Chapter 1 - Scottish Literature: Criticism and the Canon, Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock; Chapter 2 - The Study of Scottish Literature, Cairns Craig; Until 1314; Chapter 3 - One kingdom from many people: History until 1314, Benjamin Hudson; Chapter 4 - The Topography of Peoples' Lives: Geography until 1314, Sally M Foster; Chapter 5 - The Lion's tongues: Languages in Scotland to 1314, William Gillies; Chapter 6 - The Poetry of the Court: Praise, Thomas Owen Clancy; Chapter 7 - Aneirin, the 'Gododdin', Jenny Rowland; Chapter 8 - Norse Literature in the Orkney Earldom, Judith Jesch; Chapter 9 - Muireadhach Albanach O Dalaigh and the Classical Revolution, Katharine Simms; Chapter 10 - Saving Verse: Early Medieval Religious Poetry, Gilbert Markus; Chapter 11- Hagiography, James E. Fraser; Chapter 12 - Adomnan of Iona and his prose writings, Clare Stancliffe; Chapter 13 - Theology, Philosophy, and Cosmography, Thomas O'Loughlin; Chapter 14 - A fragmentary literature: narrative and lyric from the early middle ages, Thomas Owen Clancy; 1314-1707; Chapter 15 - Land and Freedom: Scotland 1314-1707, Edward J. Cowan; Chapter 16 - Emergent Nation: Scotland's Geography, 1314-1707, Charles W. J. Withers; Chapter 17 - The Several Tongues of a Single Kingdom: the Languages of Scotland 1314-1707, Chris Robinson and Roibeard O Maolalaigh; Chapter 18 - The International Reception and Literary Impact of Scottish Literature of the period 1314 until 1707, Paul Barnaby and Tom Hubbard; Chapter 19 - Versions of Scottish Nationhood from c. 850-1700, Nicola Royan with Dauvit Broun; Chapter 20 - From Rome to Ruddiman: the Scoto-Latin tradition, Jack MacQueen; Chapter 21 - Creation and Compilation: The Book of the Dean of Lismore and Literary Culture in Late-Medieval Gaelic Scotland, Martin MacGregor; Chapter 22 - Gaelic literature in the later middle ages: the Book of the Dean and beyond, William Gillies; Chapter 23 - Philosophy and theology in Scotland before the Reformation, Alexander Broadie; Chapter 24 - Scottish theological literature, 1560-1707, Crawford Gribben; Chapter 25 - Legal Writing 1314-1707; David Sellar; Chapter 26 - Literature, Art and Architecture, Michael Bath; Chapter 27 - Performances and Plays, Bill Findlay; Chapter 28 - Balladry: A Vernacular Poetic Resource, Mary Ellen Brown; Chapter 29 - Older Scots Literature and the Court, Sally Mapstone; Chapter 30 - Robert Henryson, Tony Hasler; Chapter 31 - William Dunbar, Priscilla Bawcutt; Chapter 32 - Sileas na Ceapaich, Colm O Baoill; Notes on Contributors.show more

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This exciting new history unites scholarship and imagination, cutting across narrow divisions of period and language and adopting multiple perspectives to bring out as never before the varieties of Scots, Gaelic and Latin writing. -- David Norbrook, Merton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford ...a rich, diverse, surprising account of literary scolarship. Scottish Studies Review This exciting new history unites scholarship and imagination, cutting across narrow divisions of period and language and adopting multiple perspectives to bring out as never before the varieties of Scots, Gaelic and Latin writing. ...a rich, diverse, surprising account of literary scolarship.show more

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