Journals and Periodicals

Journal of Irish and Scottish StudiesJournal of Irish and Scottish Studies
The Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies is the only journal devoted to scholarly work in the languages, history, literature and cultures of both countries. It invites contributions on any aspect of Irish, Scottish or Irish and Scottish culture, and submissions should be sent to the Editor at RIISS, Humanity Manse, 19 College Bounds, Aberdeen AB24 3UG (or email to ahrcciss @ abdn.ac.uk).
Major themes of forthcoming issues include:

  • Cultural Exchange between Ireland and Scotland
  • Jacobitism and Modernity
  • Ireland, Scotland and the Enlightenment

The Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies is published by the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Introductions to Irish and Scottish Culture: Adam FergusonAberdeen Introductions to Irish and Scottish Culture: Adam Ferguson (2007)
series volume by David Allan
Adam Ferguson (1723-1816) was among the Scottish Enlightenment’s most influential philosophers as well as one of its most colourful and engaging characters. His pioneering contributions to the development of political economy and social theory have long been acknowledged — though, unfortunately, they have also often been misrepresented. At the same time, it is clear that the significance both of his professional activities as a distinguished university teacher in Edinburgh and of his status as one of the eighteenth century’s foremost historians of the Roman republic has been insufficiently appreciated. This innovative study of Ferguson’s life and ideas sets out to introduce this much-misunderstood figure to a new and wider audience. Paying particular attention to the powerful intellectual currents which converged so fruitfully in his writings, it explores the deep Scottish and European roots of Ferguson’s thought and assesses the continuing pertinence of some of his arguments about the origins and nature of society for an understanding of the modern world.

Aberdeen Introductions to Irish and Scottish Culture: James Boswell Aberdeen Introductions to Irish and Scottish Culture: James Boswell (2007)
series volume by Murray Pittock
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 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 Aberdeen Introductions to Irish and Scottish Culture series is published by the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

International Journal of Scottish LiteratureInternational Journal of Scottish Literature
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. IJSL is published by the Association for Scottish Literary StudiesContact IJSL.

Scottish Studies ReviewScottish Studies Review
Editors: Margery Palmer McCulloch and Sarah Dunnigan
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. Scottish Studies Review is published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Contact Duncan Jones to order.

Scottish LanguageScottish Language
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. Scottish Language is published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Contact Duncan Jones to order.

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