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The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism

Edited by Murray Pittock

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Bringing together an international group of experts, this companion explores a distinctly Scottish Romanticism. Discussing the most influential texts and authors in depth, the original essays shed new critical light on texts from Macpherson's Ossian poetry to Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and from Scott's Waverley Novels to the work of John Galt. As well as dealing with the major Romantic figures, the contributors look afresh at ballads, songs, the idea of the bard, religion, periodicals, the national tale, the picturesque, the city, language and the role of Gaelic in Scottish Romanticism.

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Series Editors' Preface
Introduction: What is Scottish Romanticism?, Murray Pittock
Section 1: The Scottish Public Sphere: Themes, Groups and Identities
1. Ballads and Chapbooks, Steve Newman
2. Romantic Macpherson, Fiona Stafford
3. Scottish Song, Lyric Poetry and the Romantic Composer, Kirsteen McCue
4. Gaelic Literature and Scottish Romanticism, Thomas Clancy
5. Travel Writing and the Picturesque, Matthew Wickman
6. Urban Space and Enlightened Romanticism, Ian Duncan
7. Periodicals and Public Culture, Alex Benchimol
8. The Scottish National Tale, Andrew Monnickendam
9. Religion and Scottish Romanticism, Crawford Gribben
Section 2: Authors and Texts
10. Robert Burns and Romanticism in Britain and Ireland, Nigel Leask
11. Walter Scott's Romanticism: a Theory of Performance, Caroline McCracken-Flesher
12. Byron, Brean Hammond
13. John Galt's Fictional and Performative Worlds, Angela Esterhammer
14. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Peter Garside
15. The function of linguistic variety in Walter Scott's The Heart of Midlothian, Fernando Toda
Further Reading
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow, Head of the College of Arts and Vice-Principal. He has formerly held chairs and other senior appointments at Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester universities. His recent work includes Scottish and Irish Romanticism (2008), The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe (2007) and James Boswell (2007). Forthcoming work includes collections on Robert Burns in Global Culture, the Reception of Robert Burns in Europe and the textual edition of the Scottish Musical Museum for the Oxford Burns. He is currently PI of the AHRC Beyond Text project, ‘Robert Burns, 1796-1909: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory’.


The Edinburgh Companion to Romanticism is both an excellent teaching compendium and also a compass of the exciting research that has established the field of 'Scottish Romanticism'. Undergraduates, postgraduates and professional academics will all find in it much exciting material with which to work.

- Gerard Carruthers, Professor of Scottish Literature since 1700, University of Glasgow.

This is a very useful and in some respects essential collection of essays on Scottish literature in the Romantic period...

- Forum for Modern Language Studies, vol 48, no 3, June 2012

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