Our guest publisher for this issue is Edinburgh University Press. Ordering information for EUP’s titles is provided at the bottom of this page, where you will also find a short list of periodicals.
Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh
by Ian Duncan
Princeton Univ Press, December 2007
Scott’s Shadow is the first comprehensive account of the flowering of Scottish fiction between 1802 and 1832, when post-Enlightenment Edinburgh rivaled London as a center for literary and cultural innovation. Ian Duncan shows how Walter Scott became the central figure in these developments, and how he helped redefine the novel as the principal modern genre for the representation of national historical life. Duncan traces the rise of a cultural nationalist ideology and the ascendancy of Scott’s Waverley novels in the years after Waterloo. He argues that the key to Scott’s achievement and its unprecedented impact was the actualization of a realist aesthetic of fiction, one that offered a socializing model of the imagination as first theorized by Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume. This aesthetic, Duncan contends, provides a powerful novelistic alternative to the Kantian-Coleridgean account of the imagination that has been taken as normative for British Romanticism since the early twentieth century. Duncan goes on to examine in detail how other Scottish writers inspired by Scott’s innovations–James Hogg and John Galt in particular–produced in their own novels and tales rival accounts of regional, national, and imperial history.
by Murray Pittock
AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, Aberdeen, 2007
James Boswell (1740-95) has gone down in history as the biographer of Samuel Johnson, a sexual adventurer, a toadying Scot, and as a writer who typified the divided consciousness of the Scottish eighteenth century. Before the discovery and (since 1950) publication of his private papers, critics often saw him as a bit of a fool, whose achievement was primarily that of being lucky enough to be the friend and amanuensis of the most famous Englishman of his day. More recently, the stature of Boswell’s achievement and his complexity as a writer have been better appreciated, but without adequate understanding of his role as a specifically Scottish author and thinker of the age of Enlightenment: in particular, his anxious critique of Humean scepticism is discussed here. This study examines, through a close reading of both published and unpublished materials, how Boswell deliberately sets out to write ambiguously about himself and the major events of his time; how, far from echoing Johnson, Boswell deliberately improves on his sayings and teasingly criticizes him; and how Boswell’s political and religious sympathies with Jacobitism, Scotland and Catholicism coloured the way in which he understood his own, and his country’s, uncertain place in the new world of British imperial opportunity.
The Literary Traveller in Scotland: A Book Lover’s Guide
by Allan Foster
Mainstream Publishing, 2007
The Literary Traveller in Scotland opens up Scotland’s literary landscape for the first time in one concise volume. All prominent Scottish writers from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century are included and discussed in their literary, historical and cultural contexts, set in the landscapes where they were born and which inspired them. It details the birthplaces, childhoods, former homes and burial places of famous Scottish authors, uncovers sites, restaurants and pubs with a literary connection, and lists notable bookshops, literary museums and other places of relevance in the world of Scottish writing. This attractive tome is lavishly illustrated with photographs, while maps will enhance many of the entries, including the Kidnapped trail, Boswell and Johnson’s Highland journey, Burns country, Richard Hannay’s 39 Steps trail, the Pentland walks of Robert Louis Stevenson, a plan of Rosslyn Chapel, Gavin Maxwell’s Sandaig, Compton Mackenzie’s Barra, the Ettrick Valley of James Hogg, the Mearns of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, J.M. Barrie’s Thrums and the ports and pubs of Para Handy, to name a few. There has never been a national literary guide for Scotland until now, and The Literary Traveller in Scotland will be a welcome first for book lovers all over the country and beyond.
James Hogg: A Life
by Gillian Hughes
July 2007, ISBN 978 0 7486 1639 8
‘Gillian Hughes is a fine scholar, and her life of James Hogg shows an extraordinary inwardness with Hogg’s domestic manners and the progress of his double life as shepherd and as writer.’ — Karl Miller, author of Electric Shepherd: A Likeness of James Hogg
Gillian Hughes brings to life the story of one of Scotland�s most successful, and most neglected literary figures, from his birth in 1770 to his death, penniless, in 1835. Now best known as the author of The Private Memoirs and Convessions of a Justified Sinner, in his lifetime Hogg was renowned as the heaven-inspired and na�ve Scottish rustic who featured as the boozing buffoon of Blackwood�s Edinburgh Magazine. From ragged boy cowherd to famous author, Hughes documents an extraordinary life, drawing extensively on Hogg’s correspondence and a rich archive of documentary material.
From Trocchi to Trainspotting — Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960
by Michael Gardiner
July 2006, ISBN 978 0 7486 2233 7
Charting the course of Scottish Critical Theory since the 1960s, Michael Gardiner provocatively argues that �French� critical-theoretical ideas have developed in tandem with Scottish writing during this period. These themes can be read as a breakdown in Scottish Enlightenment thinking after empire – the very same process which permitted the rise of ‘theory’. In an engaging polemic Gardiner connects Scottish literature with critical theory and continental thinking with Scottish philosophy, providing a needed corrective to the ‘theory-fear’ which has often stopped Scotland looking at its own Enlightenment. Providing the first book-length commentary on a number of contemporary Scottish writers, Gardiner also re-positions more familiar writers such as Muriel Spark and James Kelman.
Shorter Fiction: Walter Scott
ed. Graham Tulloch
Sept 2007, ISBN 978 0 7486 0589 7
This collection of eight pieces of shorter fiction published in periodicals extends from a satirical piece appearing in 1811 in The Edinburgh Annual Register through stories from The Sale-Room and Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine to four stories published late in his life in The Keepsake. Only three of these stories were regularly reprinted. The other five are here made readily available for the first time.
Scottish Fiction and the British Empire
by Douglas Mack
March 2006, ISBN 978 0 7486 1814 9
While writers of the Scottish elite, such as Scott and Buchan, did much to generate and promote a sense of Imperial Britain, authors with roots in non-elite, ‘subaltern’ Scotland , such as James Hogg, Mary Macpherson and Lewis Grassic Gibbon, and present-day writers James Kelman and Irvine Welsh have produced an alternative strand of Scottish writing. Douglas Mack argues that such writers challenge the Imperial Grand Narrative and demonstrates that Scottish fiction was active in shaping and in subverting the assumptions that underpinned the Empire.
Contemporary Scottish Women Writers
eds. Aileen Christianson and Alison Lumsden
August 2000, ISBN 978 0 7486 0979 6
From established writers such as Muriel Spark, to relative newcomers such as Laura Hird, this collection provides stimulating readings of many Scottish women writing in Scots and English today. Varied critical approaches take in fiction, poetry and drama, including Janice Galloway and A. L. Kennedy, the work of poets such as Carol Ann Duffy and Kate Clanchy, dramatists such as Sharman Macdonald and Sue Glover and writers, who, like Jackie Kay cross genre boundaries. Exploring the interface between gender and nation as well as the excitement and energy generated by much of this writing, these essays fill a gap in critical response to contemporary Scottish women writers.
Modern Scottish Poetry
by Christopher Whyte
June 2004, ISBN 978 0 7486 1600 8
Christopher Whyte introduces 20 significant Scottish poets writing in English, Scots and Gaelic, exploring their careers and interconnections. Featured poets include Sorley MacLean, Edwin Muir, George Campbell Hay, Sydney Goodsir Smith, Edwin Morgan, Tom Leonard, W.S. Graham, Iain Crichton Smith, Liz Lochhead, Douglas Dunn, Kathleen Jamie, Carol Ann Duffy and Aonghas MacNeacail.
Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838
by Iain Whyte
June 2006, ISBN 0 7486 2432 5
This groundbreaking book uses contemporary documents and periodicals to reveal the contribution of Scots to the abolition of black slavery. It details for the first time the pivotal role of five London Scots in the Britain-wide abolition campaign, as well as the struggles and frustrations of the missionaries and miners, trades guilds and lawyers, who all played their parts in challenging slavery.
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson, ed. Richard Dury
July 2004, ISBN 978 0 7486 1518 6
Stevenson’s classic story of the double life of a respectable doctor, who by night roams the back alleys of old-town London, causing murder and mayhem. Alongisde explanatory notes, this edition includes the story of composition (amid difficulties), first publication and early reception, followed by a survey of critical interpretations, a brief study of its language, and an overview of the most important derivative works: stage plays, films, comic books, graphic novels, and other retellings.
The Collected Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson
ed. Roger Lewis
June 2003, ISBN 978 0 7486 1624 4
During his lifetime Stevenson published A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885), Penny Whistles, Underwoods (1887) and Ballads (1890). There were also various private press adventures in poetry with his stepson Lloyd Osbourne, and the posthumous Songs of Travel (1895), and New Poems (1918). This new edition contains these collections and also some of Stevenson’s printed and manuscript poems that have never been published in any collection. The edition also identifies and restores various poems assembled by Stevenson in his Notebooks, many of which were mutilated by members of The Boston Bibliophile Society.
The editor, Roger Lewis, has carefully studied Stevenson’s manuscripts and letters, identifying many variants in individual poems and in orders of his collections, as well as in the editorial procedures of a succession of RLS’s literary associates who claimed to be fulfilling his intentions or acting on his authority.
Appendices include bibliographical description and location for manuscript and printed sources of all poems in the edition; ‘poems in process’ — how Stevenson sketched and revised during composition; notebooks — bibliographical history and significance; chronology and ordonnance of poetic units. There are also explanatory and textual notes. Scots poems are glossed and annotated using The Concise Scots Dictionary and web resources of the SNDA.
A substantial introduction covers the publishing histories of individual volumes and literary influences, placing emphasis on Stevenson as a Scottish poet and arguing for his best verse to be considered as good as his best fiction.
- The only available edition of RLS’s complete poems
- Includes poems never previously published
- Restores poems from RLS’s notebooks mutilated by The Boston Bibliophile Society
- Offers fully-edited critical texts with scholarly apparatus
- Includes A Child’s Garden of Verses, Penny Whistles, Underwoods, Songs of Travel, Pieces in Lallan and Poems Written in America
The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, 3 vols.
general editor Ian Brown
co-editors Thomas Owen Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock
Nov 2006, ISBN 978 0 7486 2760 8
‘It is doubtful if a project in literary history has been shaped in the last century with anything of this thoroughness and multiplicity of disciplines.’ Owen Dudley Edwards, The Drouth
Drawing on the very best of recent scholarship and on modern theory, 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.
- Volume 1: From Columba to the Union (until 1707)
- Volume 2: Enlightenment, Britain and Empire (1707-1918)
- Volume 3: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918)
International Journal of Scottish Literature
Issue Two of IJSL is now available! Be sure to see this exciting new issue with articles by Janet Sorenson, Matthew Wickman, John Corbett, Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Antony Hasler and Nancy Gish, kicking off with an editorial about IJSL and the MLA. The International Journal of Scottish Literature, launched at the MLA in December 2006, is a peer-reviewed online journal which aims to develop and circulate international perspectives on Scottish writing. The journal is ‘international’ in focusing on views of Scottish writers from critics outside Scotland, articles on trans-national influences and audiences, comparative studies, reviews of translations, translations of criticism, and so on. As an online journal, IJSL is a venue as well as a stimulus of such discussion. Contact IJSL.
Scottish Studies Review
Editors: Margery Palmer McCulloch and Murray Pittock
ISSN 1475-7737, two issues per year
Scottish Studies Review publishes critical and scholarly articles on Scotland’s literature, art, music, history, politics and culture. With literature at its heart, it offers outstanding value as a scholarly magazine. Each issue also includes a substantial book review section.
Editor: J. Derrick McClure
ISSN 0264-0198, one issue per year
Once per year, Scottish Language publishes the best, latest research on Scotland’s languages and linguistics. From place-name study to medieval poetry to language in the modern media, Scottish Language is the foremost publication in this field.
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