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Scottish Literature

In English and Scots

Edited by Douglas Gifford, Sarah Dunnigan


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.

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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

About the Author

Douglas Gifford is a Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Research Fellow in the Glasgow School of Scottish Studies.

Sarah M. Dunnigan is senior lecturer in English Literature at Edinburgh University. Her research interests include medieval and early modern Scottish literature, Scottish women’s writing, fairy tales, and children’s literature.


It is more than an introduction because much of it is intelligent literary criticism, as well as comprehensive and accurate bibliographies … This book is itself a formidable achievement. It demonstrates beyond the richness, range, facination and sheer scale of Scottish literature. There is now no excuse for any failure to give it the place which it deserves in our schools, universities, bookshops, libraries, broadcasting and everyday life … Each section of the book has an admirable introduction on the historical circumstances of the period.
- Sunday Herald, 26/5/02
The'r nae dout at aw at this tome wul, binna for the eikin o new chaipters, be a standard work I the studie o Scottish leiterature for monie a lang year. Pr. Gifford an his team ir ti be congratulatit.
- Lallans
This useful reference book should be in the library of every American college or university that has a liberal arts tradition … anyone reading it will find much that is interesting and new, presented in a clear, accessible style … this book is an epic undertaking, accomplished with determination and singleness of purpose.
- Studies in Scottish Literature
This collective work will be immensely useful for students of Scottish literature ... An essential addition to the libraries of English departments throughout the world … Scottish Literature is an indispensable instrument for all those, within and outside academia, who wish to improve their understanding of the Scottish contribution to what one recent French critic has called the International of Letters. The sheer size of the book and the voluminous reference section are an ample illustration that not only is contemporary Scottish creative writing diverse, alive and kicking, drawing on a rich and varied tradition and bearing comparison with its European counterparts, but also that contemporary Scottish literary history and ctitical analysis are also benefiting from the new context of greater national self-confidence.
- European Journal of English Studies
There is little excuse now for ignorance of the best Scottish writing with this excellent book available.
- The Scots Magazine, October 2002

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