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The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Enlightenment, Britain and Empire (1707–1918)

Edited by Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning, Murray Pittock

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Between 1707 and 1918, Scotland underwent arguably the most dramatic upheavals in its political, economic and social history. The Union with England, industrialisation and Scotland's subsequent defining contributions throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the culture of Britain and Empire are reflected in the transformative energies of Scottish literature and literary institutions in the period. New genres, new concerns and whole new areas of interest opened under the creative scrutiny of sceptical minds. This second volume of the History reveals the major contribution made by Scottish writers and Scottish writing to the shape of modernity in Britain, Europe and the world.

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Chapter 1 - Scotland as North Britain: The Historical Background 1707-1918, T. C. Smout
Chapter 2 - A Nation Transformed: Scotland's Geography, 1707-1918, Charles W. J. Withers
Chapter 3 - Standards and Differences: Languages in Scotland, 1707-1918, Charles Jones and Wilson McLeod
Chapter 4 - The International Reception and Literary Impact of Scottish Literature of the period 1707-1918, Paul Barnaby and Tom Hubbard
Chapter 5 - Post-Union Scotland and the Scottish Idiom of Britishness, Susan Manning
Chapter 6 - The Emergence of Privacy: Letters, Journals and Domestic Writing, Karina Williamson
Chapter 7 - Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment, Ian Duncan
Chapter 8 - Ramsay, Fergusson, Thomson, Davidson and Urban Poetry, Sören Hammerschmidt
Chapter 9 - The Ossianic Revival, James Beattie and Primitivism, Dafydd Moore
Chapter 10 - Scottish-Irish Connections 1707-1918, Gerry Carruthers
Chapter 11 - Scottish song and the Jacobite Cause, Murray G. H. Pittock
Chapter 12 - Alastair mac Mhaighstir Alastair and the New Gaelic Poetry, Ronald Black
Chapter 13 - Orality and Public Poetry, Leith Davis and Maureen N. McLane
Chapter 14 - Varieties of Public Performance: Folk Songs, Ballads, Popular Drama and Sermons, Janet Sorensen
Chapter 15 - Historiography, Biography and Identity, Karen O'Brien and Susan Manning
Chapter 16 - Scotland's Literature of Empire and Emigration, 1707-1918, Nigel Leask
Chapter 17 - Tobias George Smollett, Ian Campbell Ross
Chapter 18 - Writing Scotland: Robert Burns, Carol McGuirk
Chapter 19 - Lord Byron, Alan Rawes
Chapter 20 - Walter Scott, Fiona Robertson
Chapter 21 - Law Books 1707-1918, John Cairns
Chapter 22 - Periodicals, Encyclopedias and Nineteenth-Century Literary Production, David Finkelstein
Chapter 23 - Hogg, Galt, Scott and their Milieu, Ian Duncan and Douglas Mack
Chapter 24 - The Scottish Book Trade at Home and Abroad: 1707-1918, Bill Bell
Chapter 25 - The National Drama, Joanna Baillie and the National Theatre, Barbara Bell
Chapter 26 - The Literature of Industrialisation, Alan Riach
Chapter 27 - The Carlyles and Victorianism, Chris R. Vanden Bossche
Chapter 28 - Gaelic Literature in the Nineteenth Century, Donald E. Meek
Chapter 29 - Nineteenth-Century Scottish Thought, Cairns Craig
Chapter 30 - Travel Writing 1707-1918, Catherine Jones
Chapter 31 - Fiction as Art and Commodity: George MacDonald, R. M. Ballantyne, Margaret Oliphant and Arthur Conan Doyle, Colin Milton
Chapter 32 - Nineteenth-Century Scottish Poetry, Laura Mandell
Chapter 33 - The Press, Newspaper Fiction and Literary Journalism, 1707-1918, Bob Harris
Chapter 34 - The Kailyard: Problem or Illusion?, Andrew Nash
Chapter 35 - Robert Louis Stevenson, Penny Fielding
Chapter 36 - J. M. Barrie, R. D. S. Jack
Chapter 37 - Patrick Geddes and the Celtic Revival, Murray Pittock and Isla Jack
Chapter 38 - The Collectors: John Francis Campbell, Alexander Carmichael, John Shaw
Chapter 39 - Gaelic Literature and the Diaspora, Michael Newton
Chapter 40 - The Literature of Religious Revival and Disruption, Donald E. Meek
Notes on Contributors.

About the Author

Ian Brown is Professor in Drama at Kingston University. He is General Editor of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (EUP: 2007) and Series Editor of The Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature, co-editing the volume on the twentieth century (2009) and on drama (due out in 2011).

Thomas Clancy is Lecturer in the Department of Celtic at the University of Glasgow.

The late Susan Manning was Grierson Professor of English Literature, and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor at the University of Glasgow, Pro Vice-Principal and Honorary Scottish History Adviser to the National Trust for Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Historical Society and the English Association and a prize lecturer of both the RSE and the British Academy.He has held senior appointments at the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester, and visiting appointments in history and literature globally at universities including Yale, Trinity College, Dublin, New York University and Charles University, Prague. Recent publications include The Scots Musical Museum (2 vols, 2018); Culloden (2016) and Material Culture and Sedition (2013). His current projects include The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay (funded by the AHRC, 2018-23), The Scottish Heritage Partnership (on VR and Immersive design and procurement, funded by EPSRC-AHRC) and Robert Burns and the Scottish Economy (funded by Scottish Government).


compulsively readable
- Scottish Studies Review

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