The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature offers a major reinterpretation, re-evaluation and repositioning of the scope, nature and importance of Scottish Literature, arguably Scotland's most important and influential contribution to world culture. Drawing on the very best of recent scholarship, the History contributes a wide range of new and exciting insights. It takes full account of modern theory, but refuses to be in thrall to critical fashion. It is important not only for literary scholars, but because it changes the very way we think about what Scottishness is.
About the Author
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 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’.
...an extremely important and substantial work...sets an influential benchmark about the current state of thinking about Scottish Literature.
Monumental yet accessible, comprehensive in its scholarly range but full of unexpected delights, a mirror of a fast-changing society and its culture, the third volume of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature represents a new level of knowledge and consciousness about Scotland’s literature in all its facets and multiple identities.
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.
Volume Two of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature is a massive contribution to today's new, post-Devolution, Scottish story. For the first time Scotland and its literary culture, in the post-Union period, are seen in the widest of socio-political, economic, and intellectual contexts. This extraordinarily comprehensive volume defines Scottish literature in terms wide enough to be acceptable to the eighteenth-century literati themselves, while replacing the narrow cultural nationalism of many past accounts with a new sense of internationalism.
The Edinburgh History claims an unprecendented inclusiveness in what counts as 'Scottish Literature', embracing in its hundred-odd chapters not only literary, biographical, philosophical, legal, historical and juvenile writing in English, Scots, gaelic and Latin, but also an extended discussion of the shards of Old English, Norse, Latin, Gaelic, Welsh and Irish that can be used to forge a literary prehistory for the period from Columba to Bannockburn... serves to open up new avenues for future literary research.