This substantial new volume is a stimulating yet in-depth introduction to Scottish literature in English and Scots. From medieval to modern, the entire range of literature is introduced, examined and explored. Aimed primarily at those with an interest in Scottish literature, this guide also responds to the need for students and teachers to have detailed discussions of individual authors and texts. The volume looks at Scottish literature in six period sections: Early Scottish Literature, Eighteenth-Century, The Age of Scott, Victorian and Edwardian, The Twentieth-Century Scottish Literary Renaissance, and Scottish Literature since 1945. Each section begins with an overview of the period, followed by several chapters examining exemplary authors and texts. Each section finishes with an extensive discussion including suggestions as to how to further explore the rich and often neglected hinterlands of Scottish writing. Extensive reading lists identify primary texts of the period as well as details of a wide range of additional authors.
Opening up neglected areas of study as well as responding to the burgeoning interest in novelists, modern poets and dramatists, this book serves as an invaluable guide to Scottish Literature.
Douglas Gifford is a Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Research Fellow in the Glasgow School of Scottish Studies. Sarah Dunnigan is a British Academy Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
How to use this book; Section One: Early Scottish Literature; 1. Literary Roots: Medieval Poetry; 2. Robert Henryson and William Dunbar; 3. Early Scottish Drama: Ane Satyre and Philotus; 4. Renaissance Poetry: The Jacobean Period; 5. The Ballads; 6. Widening the Range; Section Two: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Literature; 7. Enlightenment and Vernacular; 8. Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson and the Vernacular Tradition; 9. Robert Burns; 10. Tobias Smollett: The Expedition of Humphry Clinker; 11. Widening the Range; Section Three: Scottish Literature in the Age of Scott; 12. The Age of Walter Scott; 13. Scott and Scotland; 14. Scott's Waverley; 15. Susan Ferrier: Marriage; 16. John Galt: The Entail; 17. James Hogg: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner; 18. Widening the Range; Section Four: Victorian and Edwardian Scottish Literature; 19. Scottish Literature in the Victorian and Edwardian Era; 20. George MacDonald: Phantastes; 21. James Young Geddes, John Davidson and Scottish Poetry; 22. James Thomson: The City of Dreadful Night; 23. Robert Louis Stevenson: The Merry Men, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Master of Ballantrae; 24. Margaret Oliphant: Kirsteen; 25. George Douglas Brown: The House with the Green Shutters; 26. J. M. Barrie and the Scottish Theatre; 27. Widening the Range; Section Five: The Twentieth-Century Scottish Literary Renaissance; 28. A Twentieth-Century Scottish Renaissance?; 29. Hugh MacDiarmid, Edwin Muir and Poetry in the Inter-War Period; 30. Opening the Doors: Fiction by Women 1911-1947; 31. The Poetry of William Soutar; 32. Lewis Grassic Gibbon and Eric Linklater; 33. James Bridie and the Scottish Theatre; 34. The Poetry of Sorley Maclean; 35. The Epic Fiction of Neil Gunn; 36. Widening the Range; Section Six: Scottish Literature since 1945; 37. Decline and Revival: Modern Scottish Literature; 38. Scottish Poetry after 1945; 39. Modern Scottish Drama; 40. Scottish Fiction since 1945 I: Continuity, Despair and Change; 41. Scottish Fiction since 1945 II: Despair, Change and Hope; 42. Widening the Range; Section Seven: Reading Lists; Section Eight: Resources and Connections; Acknowledgements; Index.