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The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature - Three-Volume Set

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

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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.

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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).

Reviews extremely important and substantial work...sets an influential benchmark about the current state of thinking about Scottish Literature.
- Scotland on Sunday
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.
- Michael Lynch, Professor Emeritus in Scottish History, former Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography, University of Edinburgh
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.
- Andrew Hook, Emeritus Bradley Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow
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
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.
- Scottish Studies Review

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