The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature

Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning
Edinburgh University Press, 2007 - 1112 sider

The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literatureoffers 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 Historycontributes 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 (from 1707)

Period Editors: Thomas Owen Clancy and Murray Pittock

General Editor: Ian Brown

Co-editor: Susan Manning

''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

The Historybegins 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.

ISBN 978 0 7486 1615 2


The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, Volume 2:

Enlightenment, Britain and Empire (1707-1918)

Period Editor: Susan Manning

General Editor: Ian Brown

Co-editors: Thomas Owen Clancy and Murray Pittock

''Volume Two of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature is a massive contribution to today''s new, post-Devolution, Scottish story. For the first time Scotland and its literary culture, in the post-Union period, are seen in the widest of socio-political, economic, and intellectual contexts. This extraordinarily comprehensive volume defines Scottish literature in terms wide enough to be acceptable to the eighteenth-century literati themselves, while replacing the narrow cultural nationalism of many past accounts with a new sense of internationalism.''

Andrew Hook, Emeritus Bradley Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow

Between 1707 and 1918, Scotland underwent arguably the most dramatic upheavals in its political, economic and social history. The Union with England, industrialisation and Scotland''s subsequent defining contributions throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the culture of Britain and Empire are reflected in the transformative energies of Scottish literature and literary institutions in the period. New genres, new concerns and whole new areas of interest opened under the creative scrutiny of sceptical minds. This second volume of the Historyreveals the major contribution made by Scottish writers and Scottish writing to the shape of modernity in Britain, Europe and the world.

ISBN 978 0 7486 2481 2


The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, Volume 3:

Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918)

Period and General Editor: Ian Brown

Co-editors: Thomas Owen Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock

In almost a century since the First World War ended, Scotland has been transformed in many rich ways. Its literature has been an essential part of that transformation. The third volume of the Historyexplores the vibrancy of modern Scottish literature in all its forms and languages. Giving full credit to writing in Gaelic and by the Scottish diaspora, it brings together the best contemporary critical insights from three continents. It provides an accessible and refreshing picture of both the varieties of Scottish literatures and the kaleidoscopic versions of Scotland that mark literary developments since 1918.

ISBN 978 0 7486 2482 9


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Ian Brown is Emeritus Professor in Drama at Kingston University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. He is the General Editor of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (EUP: 2007) and widely published on aspects of theatre and literature. He is also a playwright and poet.

Thomas Clancy is Lecturer in the Department of Celtic at the University of Glasgow.

The late Susan Manning was Grierson Professor of English Literature, and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor at the University of Glasgow, Pro Vice-Principal and Honorary Scottish History Adviser to the National Trust for Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Historical Society and the English Association and a prize lecturer of both the RSE and the British Academy.He has held senior appointments at the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester, and visiting appointments in history and literature globally at universities including Yale, Trinity College, Dublin, New York University and Charles University, Prague. Recent publications include The Scots Musical Museum (2 vols, 2018); Culloden (2016) and Material Culture and Sedition (2013). His current projects include The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay (funded by the AHRC, 2018-23), The Scottish Heritage Partnership (on VR and Immersive design and procurement, funded by EPSRC-AHRC) and Robert Burns and the Scottish Economy (funded by Scottish Government).

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