The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Traditional Literatures

Edited by Sarah M Dunnigan, Suzanne Gilbert

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Introduces Scotland's contribution to forms of traditional culture and expression - folk narrative, ballad, legend, song, broadsides and chapbooks

This collection of essays explores the historical importance and imaginative richness of Scotland’s extensive contribution to modes of traditional culture and expression: ballads, tales and storytelling, and song. Its underlying aim is to bring about a more dynamic and inclusive understanding of Scottish culture. Rooted in literary history and both comparative and interdisciplinary in scope, the volume covers the key aspects and genres of traditional literature, including the Gaelic tradition, from the medieval period to the present.

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Series Editor’s Preface
Introduction, Sarah Dunnigan and Suzanne Gilbert
1. The Roots of Living Tradition, Margaret Bennett
2. Genre, Emily Lyle, Valentina Bold, Ian Russell
3. Folk Belief and Scottish Traditional Literatures, Lizanne Henderson
4. Transmission, James Porter
5. ‘Tradition’ and Literature in the Medieval Period, John McNamara
6. Vernacular Gaelic Tradition, Robert Dunbar
7. The Early Modern Period, Sarah Dunnigan
8. The Heroic Ballads of Gaelic Scotland, Anja Gunderloch
9. Eighteenth-Century Antiquarianism, Valentina Bold
10. Lowland Song Culture in the Eighteenth-Century, Katherine Campbell and Kirsteen McCue
11. Tradition and Scottish Romanticism, Suzanne Gilbert
12. Nineteenth-Century Highland and Island Folklore, Jason Marc Harris
13. Tradition and Innovation in Twentieth-Century Scottish Gaelic Literature, Michael Newton
14. The Politics of the Modern Scottish Folk Revival, Corey Gibson
15. Continuing the Living Tradition, Margaret Bennett
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Notes on Contributors

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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.

Suzanne Gilbert, senior lecturer in English at Stirling University, publishes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish literature, ballads, and chapbooks. She and Ian Duncan are general editors of the Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of The Collected Works of James Hogg (Edinburgh University Press), for which she co-edited Queen Hynde (1998) and edited The Mountain Bard (2007). Her edition of Hogg’s Scottish Pastorals for the series is forthcoming.

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