Ghost Writing: The Work of Muriel Spark

Two anecdotes. Firstly, when completing an MPhil dissertation on Muriel Spark (1918-2006) in the late 1980s, I happened to be in my parents’ house one day with several of Spark’s books which I had on the dining table. Later that afternoon I overheard a friend of my father’s (similar stamp to pater: left-wing trade unionist) […]

‘Character, Self, and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment’ edited by Thomas Ahnert and Susan Manning

Sadly, early in 2013, Professor Susan Manning, Grierson Chair in English Literature and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, passed away unexpectedly. Scottish, Transatlantic and eighteenth century literary and cultural studies (especially the Enlightenment) have lost a formidable intellectual presence. It is understood that a monograph by […]

The Devil in Scotland

What follows is a consideration of some of the more canonical moments in Scottish literature when the Devil features (or in some cases, as we shall see, fails to feature). Many more examples might be adduced, but those chosen here are selected not only for their prominence, but for the way in which they congregate […]


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