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The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: From Columba to the Union (until 1707)

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

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The History begins with the first full-scale critical consideration of Scotland's earliest literature, drawn from the diverse cultures and languages of its early peoples. The first volume covers the literature produced during the medieval and early modern period in Scotland, surveying the riches of Scottish work in Gaelic, Welsh, Old Norse, Old English and Old French, as well as in Latin and Scots. New scholarship is brought to bear, not only on imaginative literature, but also law, politics, theology and philosophy, all placed in the context of the evolution of Scotland's geography, history, languages and material cultures from our earliest times up to 1707.

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Preface, Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock
Chapter 1 - Scottish Literature: Criticism and the Canon, Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock
Chapter 2 - The Study of Scottish Literature, Cairns Craig
Until 1314
Chapter 3 - One kingdom from many people: History until 1314, Benjamin Hudson
Chapter 4 - The Topography of Peoples' Lives: Geography until 1314, Sally M Foster
Chapter 5 - The Lion's tongues: Languages in Scotland to 1314, William Gillies
Chapter 6 - The Poetry of the Court: Praise, Thomas Owen Clancy
Chapter 7 - Aneirin, the 'Gododdin', Jenny Rowland
Chapter 8 - Norse Literature in the Orkney Earldom, Judith Jesch
Chapter 9 - Muireadhach Albanach Ó Dálaigh and the Classical Revolution, Katharine Simms
Chapter 10 - Saving Verse: Early Medieval Religious Poetry, Gilbert Márkus
Chapter 11- Hagiography, James E. Fraser
Chapter 12 - Adomnán of Iona and his prose writings, Clare Stancliffe
Chapter 13 - Theology, Philosophy, and Cosmography, Thomas O'Loughlin
Chapter 14 - A fragmentary literature: narrative and lyric from the early middle ages, Thomas Owen Clancy
Chapter 15 - Land and Freedom: Scotland 1314-1707, Edward J. Cowan
Chapter 16 - Emergent Nation: Scotland's Geography, 1314-1707, Charles W. J. Withers
Chapter 17 - The Several Tongues of a Single Kingdom: the Languages of Scotland 1314-1707, Chris Robinson and Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh
Chapter 18 - The International Reception and Literary Impact of Scottish Literature of the period 1314 until 1707, Paul Barnaby and Tom Hubbard
Chapter 19 - Versions of Scottish Nationhood from c. 850-1700, Nicola Royan with Dauvit Broun
Chapter 20 - From Rome to Ruddiman: the Scoto-Latin tradition, Jack MacQueen
Chapter 21 - Creation and Compilation: The Book of the Dean of Lismore and Literary Culture in Late-Medieval Gaelic Scotland, Martin MacGregor
Chapter 22 - Gaelic literature in the later middle ages: the Book of the Dean and beyond, William Gillies
Chapter 23 - Philosophy and theology in Scotland before the Reformation, Alexander Broadie
Chapter 24 - Scottish theological literature, 1560-1707, Crawford Gribben
Chapter 25 - Legal Writing 1314-1707
David Sellar
Chapter 26 - Literature, Art and Architecture, Michael Bath
Chapter 27 - Performances and Plays, Bill Findlay
Chapter 28 - Balladry: A Vernacular Poetic Resource, Mary Ellen Brown
Chapter 29 - Older Scots Literature and the Court, Sally Mapstone
Chapter 30 - Robert Henryson, Tony Hasler
Chapter 31 - William Dunbar, Priscilla Bawcutt
Chapter 32 - Sìleas na Ceapaich, Colm Ó Baoill
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).


This exciting new history unites scholarship and imagination, cutting across narrow divisions of period and language and adopting multiple perspectives to bring out as never before the varieties of Scots, Gaelic and Latin writing.
- David Norbrook, Merton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford
...a rich, diverse, surprising account of literary scolarship.
- Scottish Studies Review

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