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The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing

Edited by Glenda Norquay

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Recognises the richness of women's contribution to Scottish literature

By combining historical spread with a thematic structure, this volume explores the ways in which gender has shaped literary output and addresses the changing situations in which women lived and wrote. It places the work of established writers such as Margaret Oliphant, Naomi Mitchison and A.L. Kennedy in new contexts and discusses the writing of critically neglected figures such as Sìleas na Ceapaich, Mary Queen of Scots, Anne Grant, Janet Hamilton, Isabella Bird, F. Marion McNeill and Denise Mina. There are chapters on women in Gaelic culture, women's relationship to oral traditions and to key literary periods, women's engagements with nationalism, with space, with genre fiction and with the activity of reading.

Key features
  • Includes innovative scholarship from leading critics of gender and Scottish Studies, including Sarah Dunnigan (Edinburgh), Carol Anderson (Open University), Pam Perkins (Manitoba), Florence Boos (Iowa)
  • Responds to current developments in the field of feminist and literary studies
  • Includes an authoritative introduction and a guide to further reading

About the Author

Glenda Norquay is Professor of Scottish Literary Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Her books include a monograph on Robert Louis Stevenson and Theories of Reading, the edited collection Across the Margins (with Gerry Smyth), and a number of essays and articles on Scottish women writers and on Stevenson. She edited The Collected Works of Lorna Moon, and two collections of women’s suffrage fiction and is currently editing St Ives for the New Edinburgh Edition of Stevenson.


This is a pleasant, readable collection of essays with some lively and surprising perceptions.
- Dorothy McMillan, University of Glasgow, Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Provides readers with an accessible introduction to approximately five hundred years of Gaelic and English language women's writing in Scotland, across literary genres.
- Susan Wood, Feminist Collections

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