Scottish Studies International

Publications of the Scottish Studies Centre, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germersheim

 

General Editor: Klaus Peter Müller, who has taken over the editorship from the founder of the series Horst W. Drescher.

Editorial Advisory Board:

  • Murray Baumgarten, University of California
  • Ian Campbell, University of Edinburgh
  • Gerard Carruthers, University of Glasgow
  • Scott Hames, University of Stirling
  • Silvia Mergenthal, University of Konstanz
  • Graeme Morton, University of Guelph
  • Murray Pittock, University of Glasgow
  • Barbara Schaff, University of Göttingen
  • Chris Vanden Bossche, Notre Dame University

Publisher: Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main
ISSN: 1430-9572

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Bd./Vol. 41
Müller, Klaus Peter / Ilka Schwittlinsky / Ron Walker (eds.), Inspiring Views from "a' the airts" on Scottish Literatures, Art & Cinema. The First World Congress of Scottish Literatures in Glasgow 2014. 2017 (hardcover € 70.00)
Where do Scottish literatures, art, and cinema stand today? What and how do Scottish Studies investigate? Creative writers and scholars give answers to these questions and address vital concerns in Scottish, British, and European history from the Union debate and the Enlightenment to Brexit, ethnic questions, and Scottish film. They present new insights on James Macpherson, Robert Burns, John Galt, J. M. Barrie, Walter Scott, James Robertson, war poetry, new Scottish writing, and nature writing. The contributions highlight old and new networking and media as well as the persistent influences of the past on the present, analyzing a wide range of texts, media and art forms with approaches from literary, cultural, media, theatre, history, political, and philosophical studies.
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Bd./Vol. 40
Schröder, Miriam, Constructing Scottish Identity in Media Discourses, The Use of Common Sense Knowledge in the Scottish Press, 2015 (hardcover € 89.95)
Scotland’s efforts to establish and assert its distinct national identity have a long tradition. National identity has been a central theme throughout the centuries in a country where economic, political, and social issues have tended to be closely bound up with questions of national mentality and emotion. This book examines the part played by Scottish newspapers in constructing identity during a key period of the devolution process, 1997–2011. It uses insights from the fields of cultural and media studies, sociology, cognitive science and narratology into the ways in which culturally defined knowledge and the notions of identity emerging from it have been constructed. The study contributes to the understanding of Scottish identity, and its evaluations are relevant beyond the immediate context of Scotland and the United Kingdom.
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Bd./Vol. 39
Müller, Klaus Peter (ed.), Scotland 2014 and Beyond – Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?, 2015 (hardcover € 87,95)
This book examines Scotland from a great variety of international and disciplinary perspectives, offering viewpoints from ordinary citizens as well as experts in culture, history, literature, sociology, politics, the law, and the media. The texts investigate the mental processes, dispositions, and activities that have been involved in past and present discussions about Scottish independence, freedom, equality, justice, and the creation of a fair society. Such discussions have been shaped by specific values, ideologies, class or personal interests and objectives as well as by specific ways of telling their stories. These are analysed together with the European, global, and democratic dimensions of Scotland, in order to find answers to the question how coming of age might be achieved today.
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Bd./Vol. 38
Selle, Rosemary Anne, The Parritch and the Partridge: The Reception of Robert Burns in Germany. A History, 2nd ed., 2013 (hardcover € 81.30)
This book sets out to explore the reception of Scotland's best-loved writer Robert Burns in Germany, beginning with Burns's contemporaries in a German state and at a time when instant international fame of foreign writers was yet to develop. The author traces Burns's growing popularity and, for instance, demonstrates how a single line from a foreigner's poem could become the motto of a generation of German revolutionists. Many of Burns's well-known poems do not only figure in this first part but are also the subject of specific case studies in the second. Here works such as "Tam O'Shanter" or "A red, red rose" are analysed in translation through the ages. The author's comprehensive work is completed by a short research update on the reception of Burns.
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Bd./Vol. 37
Kristmannsson, Gauti, Literary Diplomacy: The Role of Translation in the Construction of National Literatures in Britain and Germany, 2 vols, 2005 (paperback € 96.95)
These two volumes examine the way in which translation was instrumental in constructing a literary identity in Britain and Germany in the eighteenth century. The first volume covers in three parts how different methods of translation can be applied to enrich the existent literature in the native language and to an extent create it as an aesthetic possibility, in particular through the translation of form. The first part is theoretical without being a theory, the second part covers the national literary rivalry in Britain in the latter part of the eighteenth century and the third part a German synthesis of material and methods applied earlier on in Britain. The second volume is dedicated to aesthetic, philosophical and national concerns of several major thinkers of the eighteenth century such as Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Johann Gottfried Herder.
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Bd./Vol. 36
Freeman, Alan, Imagined Worlds: Fiction by Scottish Women 1900-1935, 2005 (paperback € 62.95)
This is a study of fiction by Scottish women spanning the late 1890s to the early 1930s. Seven authors are included: Violet Jacob, Mary and Jane Helen Findlater, Lorna Moon, Catherine Carswell, Willa Muir, and Nan Shepherd. It identifies a continuity of development within and between the women's careers. Each evolved from writing narratives expected of fiction aimed at the women's market to more innovative forms which increasingly questioned traditional values. From this perspective we can locate the authors in an intriguing relation to the contexts of Scottish literature, modernist sensibility, and to the feminism asserting itself in that age of upheaval.
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Bd./Vol. 35
Prunier, Clotilde, Anti-Catholic Strategies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, 2004 (paperback € 56.95)
This book analyses the relationship between Presbyterians and Catholics in eighteenth-century Scotland. The author considers the weapons wielded against the Scottish Catholic Mission by the state and by the Church of Scotland - penal laws, Royal Bounty missions and SSPCK schools. Once the government no longer saw Catholics as a threat to the safety of the state, Presbyterians were left to fight their crusade on their own. Convinced as they were that the best strategy in order to stamp out Catholicism was to eradicate ignorance, Presbyterians seemed to give pride of place to education. The author, however, argues that - for all their criticism of the attitude of the Church of Rome in Catholic countries - Presbyterians used similar strategies to try and improve their standing in the Highlands.
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Bd./Vol. 34
Pfister, Lauren F., Striving for 'The Whole Duty of Man': James Legge and the Scottish Protestant Encounter with China, 2004, and
Pfister, Lauren F., Striving for 'The Whole Duty of Man': Assessing Confluences in Scottish Nonconformism, Chinese Missionary Scholarship, Victorian Sinology, and Chinese Protestantism, 2004 (paperback € 140.95)
This is an intellectual biography of the early life and missionary career of James Legge (1815-1897), a monumental figure in 19th century European sinology. In the first volume details about Legge's family, religious setting, and educational experiences in northeastern Scotland are shown to anchor his intellectual interests, shaping his later religious transformation and commitment to Chinese missionary work. The trials, adjustments and initial missionary strategies of the Legge family's first years in Malacca and the new colony of Hongkong (1840-1848) bring this volume to a close. In the second volume the flourishing of Legge's missionary scholarship is cast in the context of his application of «principles» of Scottish Nonconformism and Scottish realist philosophy to many unexpected aspects of the Hongkong and Chinese contexts. While his sinological scholarship has weathered more than a century of criticism and neglect, Legge's unexpected emergence into roles as a Scottish Nonconformist prophet and counter-cultural folk hero in Hongkong reveal new dimensions of Protestant missions in China which challenge standard Orientalist interpretations of cultural imperialism.
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Bd./Vol. 33
Juan, Luis de, Postmodern Strategies in Alasdair Gray's Lanark: A Life in 4 Books, 2003 (paperback € 75.95)
This book shows how Alasdair Gray's first novel, Lanark: A Life in 4 Books, shares some of the thematic and formal concerns of postmodernist literature. The analysis is preceded by an introductory chapter which relates Gray to both the English and the Scottish literary traditions. Next, the author focuses on Lanark and explores the way the novel offers a representation of society in terms of ontological instability and dystopia as well as the implications to be drawn from its experimental nature.
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Bd./Vol. 32
Motz, Wolfram, Die Konstruktion von Identität im schottischen Roman während der Ära des britischen Konservatismus 1979-1997, 2000 (paperback € 66.95)
Die achtziger und neunziger Jahre haben sich als eine der kulturell produktivsten Phasen in der langen Geschichte Schottlands erwiesen. Der Roman leistet durch seine Quantität, insbesondere jedoch durch seine Qualität, hierbei einen wichtigen Beitrag für die Schaffung eines zeitgemäßen Identitätsverständnisses. Ziel der Studie ist die rekonstruktive Suche nach den innovativen Bestandteilen dieser fiktionalen Entwürfe kultureller Identität. Diese werden auf Basis konstruktivistischer und semiotischer Konzepte analysiert und in den Kontext der jüngsten britischen und europäischen Geschichte eingebunden. Die Studie belegt die Abkehr von einer in den achtziger Jahren dominant pessimistischen Selbstreferentialität hin zu einer immer deutlicher werdenden Orientierung am europäischen Gesamtkontext und zur Etablierung eines zukunftsträchtigen Identitätsverständnisses.
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Bd./Vol. 31
Jansen, Carola M., Disnaeland: Die Welten und Mikrokosmen des Alasdair Gray, 2000 (paperback € 63.95)
Dieses Buch soll all denen Hilfestellung und Gedankenanstoß sein, die sich für den Autor und Künstler Alasdair Gray interessieren und/oder vielleicht selbst über ihn arbeiten wollen. Neben der Interpretation von Wort und Bild einiger seiner Werke soll hier auch versucht werden, Alasdair Gray selbst zu porträtieren. Dieses Porträt stützt sich zum großen Teil auf Manuskriptmaterial, das der breiten Öffentlichkeit noch nicht zugänglich ist.
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Bd./Vol. 30
Lockhart, John Gibson, The History of Matthew Wald, ed. Isabelle Bour, 2001 (paperback € 52.95)
Between 1821 and 1824 John Gibson Lockhart published four novels: only Adam Blair has been regularly reprinted. The History of Matthew Wald (1824), his other Scottish novel, is a gripping Gothic tale which can be compared with William Godwin's or Charles Brockden Brown's fiction. Walter Scott, Lockhart's father-in-law, praised the »power» of this novel. Though there is some social comedy à la Galt in Matthew Wald, Lockhart is more concerned with Scotland as a spiritual and psychological environment than with social detail. He focuses on the hero's mental torment, summing up the plot dynamics by saying, in a review article of his own novel, that »everything is decidedly and entirely subordinate to the minute and anxious, although easy and unaffected, anatomy of one man's mind». Matthew's plight can be seen as an emblem of Scotland's unstable cultural identity in the Romantic period.
Together with an introduction this edition provides explanatory notes, a bibliography, a chronology of J.G. Lockhart, a note on the text and a glossary of Scots words.
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Bd./Vol. 29
Prillinger, Horst, Family and the Scottish Working-Class Novel 1984-1994: A study of novels by Janice Galloway, Alasdair Gray, Robin Jenkins, James Kelman, A. L. Kennedy, William McIlvanney, Agnes Owens, Alan Spence and George Friel, 2000 (paperback € 54.95)
'They fuck you up, your mum and dad,' the poet Philip Larkin wrote a few decades ago. Sometimes more, sometimes less explicitly, Scottish authors of the past twenty years have written down their point of view on the state of the working-class family. This study deals with nineteen novels written between 1984 and 1994 and two precursors written about ten years earlier. Following the family sociologists' model of the family life cycle, the study examines the vital stages of family life in novels spanning four generations of Scottish writers, from Robin Jenkins (b. 1912) to A. L. Kennedy (b. 1965).
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Bd./Vol. 28
McLuckie, Craig W., Researching McIlvanney: A Critical and Bibliographic Introduction, 1999 (paperback € 37.95)
Researching McIlvanney is a distinguished critical overview of William McIlvanney's oeuvre. Professor McLuckie establishes the centrality of McIlvanney's Remedy is None, A Gift from Nessus, and Docherty to his subsequent development as a writer and social conscience. The engagement with literary and cultural politics in Scottish writing is followed by an exhaustive annotated bibliography of primary and secondary material. This second part to Researching McIlvanney defines the field and opens up new scholarly possibilities.
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Bd./Vol. 27
Bott, Sebastian, 'Friends and lovers of virtue': Tugendethische Handlungsorientierungen im Kontext der Schottischen Aufklärung 1750-1800, 1999 (paperback € 63.95)
Die Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Faszination der schottischen Aufklärer an Fragen der Ethik und alltäglichen Moral. Am Beispiel der freundschaftlich verbundenen Gruppen der Edinburgher Moderates wird deren lebenslange Auseinandersetzung mit tugendethischen Orientierungen dargestellt. Eine quellennahe Analyse wird mit methodischen Ansätzen der politischen Ideengeschichte und der interpretativen Soziologie kombiniert. Ziel ist es dabei, die Wirkungsweisen einer aufgeklärten Tugendethik für ganz unterschiedliche historische Handlungsformen exemplarisch aufzuzeigen.
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Bd./Vol. 26
Drescher, Horst W. (ed.), Literature and Literati: The Literary Correspondence and Notebooks of Henry Mackenzie, Volume 2: Notebooks 1763-1824, 1999 (paperback € 53.30)
The second volume of Literature and Literati assembles for the first time Henry Mackenzie's early poetry, miscellaneous literary papers, literary criticism, anecdotal reminiscences, diary entries of a journey to Paris in 1784, political assessments, observations on language, education, writers and their work (including his own writings), aphorisms, egotisms, as well as succinct comments on the state of society. Together with his letters, Mackenzie's notebooks and numerous loose-leaf collections of sundry remarks on various subjects communicate Scottish Enlightenment thought and discourse. A critical mind and representing very much the intellectual climate of the Scottish Enlightenment in its European context, Mackenzie assumes the role of a chronicler of his time and is equally revealing both of his own idiosyncrasies and of the general attitudes of his day.
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Bd./Vol. 25
Jumpertz-Schwab, Cornelia, The Development of the Scots Lexicon and Syntax in the 16th Century under the Influence of Translations from Latin, 1998 (paperback € 52.95)
Linguistically, the importance of Latin decreased during the 15th and 16th century for the benefit of an increase in the importance of the vernaculars. In Scotland, as all over Europe, it was the intention of scholars to make the works of the classical authors accessible to an audience with insufficient knowledge of Latin. Moreover, it was the translators' aim to show that the Scots vernacular was an adequate means to render classical texts and to transform Scots into a full literary language. This book demonstrates how and to what extent the Scots lexicon and its syntax were influenced by translations from Latin in the 16th century.
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Bd./Vol. 24
Diamond, Peter J., Common Sense and Improvement: Thomas Reid as Social Theorist, 1998 (paperback € 76.95)
This book provides a comprehensive account of Thomas Reid's social thought. Although he is increasingly seen as a central figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, there is still a tendency among historians to view Reid principally as David Hume's chief critic. By relating Reid's writings to their contemporary social and intellectual contexts, Peter Diamond seeks to qualify this traditional image. He argues that in fact Reid understood himself to be engaged in the Humean project of rendering the study of man systematic and improvable, by ascertaining the laws of human nature. Diamond also demonstrates that Reid's well-known appeal to the principles of common sense was not just a metaphysical response to Humean scepticism; it was also a rhetorical attempt to teach men to live virtuously in an emerging commercial society.
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Bd./Vol. 23
Klaus, H. Gustav, Factory Girl: Ellen Johnston and Working-Class Poetry in Victorian Scotland, 1998 (paperback € 37.95)
It is at last being recognized that, contrary to common understanding, there were working-class women poets in the nineteenth century. Yet this growing awareness is rarely accompanied by a sustained engagement with their poetry. Painstaking research into the life and work of an author remains constricted to the Brownings and Rossettis of both sexes. The present study breaks with this academic habit. It is the first critical biography of the Glaswegian writer who signed her poems as 'The Factory Girl'. It is an essay in recovery and exploration, situating Ellen Johnston at the intersection of gender, class and nation. It documents her range of subjects, styles and voices. The book is concluded by a selection of Ellen Johnston's verse.
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Bd./Vol. 22
Völkel, Hermann, Das literarische Werk Neil Munros, 1996 (paperback € 69.95)
Über den im schottischen Hochland geborenen Schriftsteller und Journalisten Neil Munro (1863-1930) lagen bisher nur lückenhafte und teils widersprüchliche biographische Angaben vor. Es wurde daher versucht, das Leben und die Persönlichkeit aus Tagebuchaufzeichnungen und Korrespondenz zu rekonstruieren. Bei der Untersuchung seines stark biographisch geprägten literarischen Werks ergeben sich im sprachlichen und thematischen Bereich wesentliche Unterschiede zu Scott und Stevenson, jenen Autoren, in deren Nachfolge er von Literaturkritikern oft pauschal eingeordnet wurde. Die Korrespondenz Munros wird zum weit überwiegenden Teil erstmals einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht.
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Bd./Vol. 21
Drescher, Horst W. / Hagemann, Susanne (eds.), Scotland to Slovenia: European Identities and Transcultural Communication. Proceedings of the Fourth International Scottish Studies Symposium, 1996 (paperback € 66.95)
The contributions to this volume focus on issues of identity and communication in Europe. A multiplicity of regions and nations are discussed with regard to their languages, literatures and cultures: Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Brittany, Scandinavia, Slovenia, Poland and even Japan. Problems of translating and interpreting receive attention in papers ranging from the cultural specificity of rules of communication and the cultural status of source texts to text structures and prosodic transfer. What emerges from the volume as a whole is a sense of Europe searching for a precarious balance between centrifugal and centripetal forces, between regionalism and nationalism on the one hand and internationalism and cosmopolitanism on the other.
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Bd./Vol. 20
Schwend, Joachim, Kirk, Gesellschaft und Literatur: Die Kirche im Kontext der literarischen Tradition Schottlands, 1996 (paperback € 69.95)
Die Studie gibt eine kritische Darstellung der Rolle und der Funktion der Kirche Schottlands in ihrem Verhältnis zur schottischen Literatur. Interdependenzen zwischen Literatur und Kirche und Sehweisen der Kirche in der Literatur werden kritisch durchleuchtet. Angefangen mit der Literatur des Mittelalters erstrecken sich die Untersuchungen durch die Jahrhunderte bis zur Gegenwart. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf der literarischen Gattung des Romans, es erfolgen aber auch Analysen relevanter Werke anderer Gattungen. Ein diachronischer Ansatz verbindet sich mit einem themenbezogenen, um so epochen- und werktypische Merkmale herauszuarbeiten. Relevante Bezüge zur anglo-irischen und englischen Literatur werden angestellt.
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Bd./Vol. 19
Hagemann, Susanne (ed.), Studies in Scottish Fiction: 1945 to the Present, 1996 (out of print)
The present volume raises the question of what can constitute Scottishness in literature, and sets post-1945 fiction in the wider context of writing in, and about, Scotland. It comprises both general outlines and in-depth studies, with contributions covering ideas of Scotland in Scottish writing, identity issues in popular fiction, the cultural impact of North Sea oil, and form and ideology in contemporary fiction, as well as individual authors (Jenkins, Kesson, Spark, Margaret Laurence, McIlvanney, Gray, Kelman, Welsh, Mackay Brown). Taken together, the essays illustrate the fact that modern Scottish fiction can be described in terms of certain identifiable trends, but at the same time possesses a variety which defies circumscription.
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Bd./Vol. 18
Hubbard, Tom, Seeking Mr Hyde: Studies in Robert Louis Stevenson, Symbolism, Myth and the Pre-Modern, 1995 (out of print)
From Edinburgh to Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scot who became a world citizen; as a writer he has a large following in many countries. The interlinked studies in this volume deploy his work as the base for an exploration of cultural crosscurrents in the late 19th century and beyond, suggesting relationships with such European figures as Dostoyevsky, Rilke and Jung. Particular attention is paid to Stevenson's bearings on the Symbolist movement, as evident in his association with the French writer Marcel Schwob. Concentrating initially on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and on puritan repression versus unbridled energy, the book points to the deeper universal significance of the Hyde figure and its related archetypes in other works by Stevenson and throughout Scottish, English, European, American and Third World literatures and cultures. With chapters entitled 'Hellish Energy', 'Masks and Mirrors', 'The Damnation of Faust' and 'Underground and Labyrinth', this book is for those who are fascinated by a writer at once approachable and enigmatic.
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Bd./Vol. 17
Utz, Hans, Schotten und Schweizer - Brother mountaineers: Europa entdeckt die beiden Völker im 18. Jahrhundert, 2nd ed., 1995 (paperback € 54.40)
Im ersten Teil wird anhand von kaum bekannten Berichten von Reisenden vom Kontinent ihr Bild von Schottland um 1800 nachgezeichnet, im zweiten Teil zum erstenmal die «Entdeckung» der Schweiz zum Vergleich herangezogen. Neben literarischer und wissenschaftlicher Neugierde lockte die Hoffnung, in beiden Bergvölkern die «heile Welt» noch bewahrt zu finden, welche der erste starke Modernisierungsschub aus den tiefer gelegenen Ländern zu verdrängen drohte. Schotten wie Schweizer fügten sich in die «erfundene» Rolle des urwüchsigen «Hochländers» oder «Älplers», obschon der größte Teil von ihnen im Tiefland lebt und paradigmatisch die Modernisierung durch Aufklärung und Industrielle Revolution mitgemacht hat. Dieser Bergler-Mythos wie der Rückgriff auf die Geschichte hilft beiden Völkern, ihre nationale Identität zu stützen.
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Bd./Vol. 16
Degott-Reinhardt, Anette, Norman MacCaigs lyrisches Werk: Eine formanalytische Unter­suchung, 1994 (paperback € 69.95)
Der aus Edinburgh stammende Norman MacCaig gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Lyriker Schottlands («Queen's Medal for Poetry», 1986). Die vorliegende Studie unternimmt als Erstmonographie den Versuch, MacCaigs Gesamtwerk formanalytisch zu untersuchen. Die Auseinandersetzung mit der Komplexität menschlicher Wahrnehmung wird als Hauptthematik herausgearbeitet, deren unterschiedliche Ausprägungen die drei Phasen seines lyrischen Schaffens bestimmen. Detaillierte Gedichtsanalysen sowie die Charakterisierung der sechzehn Gedichtsbände entwerfen das Gesamtbild der Formen und Themen dieses Lyrikers, das durch seine Einordnung in den literaturhistorischen Kontext mit besonderem Bezug auf John Donne und Wallace Stevens abgerundet wird. Im Anhang folgen vier Interviews sowie ein Brief Mac Caigs an Hugh MacDiarmid.
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Bd./Vol. 15
Greentree, Rosemary, Reader, Teller and Teacher: The Narrator of Robert Henryson's Moral Fables, 1993 (paperback € 40.95)
Henryson's Narrator acts as reader, teller and teacher of his Moral Fables, as he guides his audience with direct addresses and manipulation of responses. The development of character and motif, his use of language and mood, and the relation of moralitates to tales are examined in the study of the Narrator's techniques. The themes of the work are introduced in the early tales and summarized in the last fable. The repetition and variation of themes support acceptance of the order used in the Bassandyne Print, a source which presents the thirteen fables as a formed, complete and balanced work. 
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Bd./Vol. 14
Schwend, Joachim / Hagemann, Susanne / Völkel, Hermann (eds.), Literatur im Kontext - Literature in Context: Festschrift für Horst W. Drescher, 1992 (paperback € 98.95)
Die Beiträge zur Festschrift behandeln vornehmlich Themen aus der anglophonen, insbesondere der schottischen Literatur und Kultur. Der bearbeitete Zeitraum erstreckt sich vom 16. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Das Interesse der Beiträger gilt vor allem der Literatur in ihrem soziokulturellen Kontext. Dieser Ansatz muß auch als Würdigung der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit von Horst W. Drescher gelten, der in seiner Forschung die Literatur nicht isoliert betrachtet wissen will, sondern sie in ihrem geschichtlichen und sozialen Umfeld sieht. Neben dem Schwerpunkt in der Anglistik und Amerikanistik finden sich Artikel aus Germanistik, Romanistik, Slavistik, Arabistik sowie der Translatologie.
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Bd./Vol. 13
Hagemann, Susanne, Die Schottische Renaissance: Literatur und Nation im 20. Jahrhundert, 1992 (paperback € 75.95)
Schottland erlebt nach 1918 einen Aufschwung nationalen Bewußtseins, der auf kultureller und besonders auf literarischer Ebene in der sogenannten Schottischen Renaissance zum Ausdruck kommt. Als zentrales Merkmal dieser Erneuerungsbewegung läßt sich die Suche nach einer neuen, sowohl traditionsverbundenen als auch zeitgemäßen schottischen Identität betrachten. Die vorliegende Studie untersucht die Identitätsproblematik im Schottland der zwanziger und dreißiger Jahre anhand eines breiten Querschnitts von literarischen Werken und Sachtexten. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Frage, wie sich Scottishness in den Bereichen Politik, Sprache und Thematik Schottland äußert. Am Ende steht ein Ausblick auf die Fortführung der Renaissancebewegung nach 1945. Das im Begriff Renaissance implizite Wiedergeburtsideal erweist sich hierbei als nur mit Einschränkungen verwirklicht.
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Bd./Vol. 12
Witschi, Beat, Glasgow Urban Writing and Postmodernism: A Study of Alasdair Gray's Fiction, 1991 (paperback € 62.95)
Alasdair Gray is one of the most innovative and imaginative writers to have appeared on the Scottish literary scene for many years. Gray radically challenges the vision of Glasgow and Scotland as defined by the traditional Glasgow novel. This study first looks back into the past of Glasgow writing to locate some specific novelistic models which Gray echoes in his fiction. The main part of the study then illustrates that Gray's literary attitude of looking beyond Glasgow (or Scotland) is much more helpful in «imagining Glasgow» than to follow the established and trodden paths of Scottish urban writing. In this sense, Gray proves that the narrative techniques characteristic of postmodernist writing are not only helpful in expressing the often quoted Scottish experience of fragmentation, but also in overcoming the artistic stalemate of the Glasgow novel.
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Bd./Vol. 11
Hogg, James, Poetic Mirrors: Comprising the Poetic Mirror (1816) and New Poetic Mirror (1829-1831), ed. David Groves, 1990 (paperback € 62.95)
The Poetic Mirror (1816) has long been recognised as containing some of the best and funniest literary parodies of the Romantic period. Its author, James Hogg (1770-1835), the Ettrick Shepherd, was almost entirely self-educated, and worked as a common shepherd until his midthirties; his Scottish working-class origins equipped him well for the task of satirising some of the excesses of the Romantic poets. Hogg's Poetic Mirror has been out of print since 1929. His little-known New Poetic Mirror (1829-1831) has never been published in full, until now. The present edition, which includes both Mirrors, contains six parodies of Wordsworth, two each of Coleridge, Southey, and Leigh Hunt, and others of Byron, Scott, Thomas Moore, George Crabbe, James Montgomery, and other contemporary writers. The Introduction and Notes by David Groves contain much new information about James Hogg and his relations with the poets and critics of the day.
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Bd./Vol. 10
Schwend, Joachim / Drescher, Horst W. (eds.), Studies in Scottish Fiction: Twentieth Century, 1990 (paperback € 72.95)
The contributors to this volume on Scottish prose fiction in the first half of our century provide an analysis of typically Scottish features in Scottish literature and evaluate the new approach taken by many authors after the Kailyard literature. The volume shows literature in its socio-cultural context and is considered to be the logical sequel to the book on nineteenth-century literature (Drescher/Schwend, 1985). The authors whose works are dealt with comprise the internationally-known figures and also less well-known writers. Among others there are Buchan, Gibbon, Gunn, MacDiarmid, Mitchison, Edwin and Willa Muir, and Nan Shepherd. The Scottish literature of the period shows a surprising diversity and inventiveness, but it never loses its links with Scottish national identity.
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Bd./Vol. 9
Mergenthal, Silvia, James Hogg: Selbstbild und Bild: Zur Rezeption des «Ettrick Shepherd», 1990 (paperback € 80.95)
Der schottische Dichter James Hogg (1770-1835) gilt der literarischen Elite seiner Zeit als krasser Außenseiter. Die Analyse seiner Autobiographie und anderer nicht-fiktionaler Texte zeigt, daß Hogg einerseits versucht, eine gleichberechtigte Position in dieser Elite zu behaupten, etwa gegenüber seinem Freund und Gönner Scott, während er andererseits immer wieder gezwungen ist, sich dem Bild des naiven Schäfer-Dichters anzupassen, das sich seine Umwelt von ihm gemacht hat: Selbstbild und Bild erweisen sich als interdependent. Die zeitgenössischen Rezeptionsprozesse beeinflussen die Hogg-Forschung und editoriale Praxis bis in die Gegenwart. Eine Neubewertung der vier Romane Hoggs will ihnen das Bild eines innovativen Erzählers entgegensetzen, der verschiedene literarische Traditionen seiner Zeit zu einem neuen Ganzen verschmilzt. Die vorliegende Studie richtet sich damit nicht nur an einen wachsenden Kreis von Hogg-Interessenten, sondern leistet einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Erforschung der schottischen Kulturgeschichte und zur Analyse komplexer narrativer Formen.
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Bd./Vol. 8
Drescher, Horst W. / Völkel, Hermann (eds.), Nationalism in Literature/Literarischer Nationalismus: Literature, Language and National Identity, 1989 (paperback € 68.95)
Literary and social historians from Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Scotland, the United States, and Wales discuss nationalist tendencies and the search for cultural and/or national/ regional identity in literature. Although the main focus is on Scotland and the Scottish element in the New World, evidence from other nations/regions - Catalonia, Galicia, Ireland, Slovenia, and Wales - is included to widen the socio-cultural perspective.
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Bd./Vol. 7
Böger, Silke, Traditions in Conflict: John MacDougall Hay's Gillespie, 1989 (paperback € 42.95)
In a time of far-reaching social changes John MacDougall Hay, a Church of Scotland minister, set out to point a finger at the dangers of the rising spirit of materialism and individualism by portraying a Highland merchant's rise and fall. This was an attack on the long-dominant Kailyard school of fiction and its views of God and mankind. The study begins by examining the major areas of conflict in Victorian Scotland and shows how Hay used the Highlands v. Lowlands dichotomy to convey the clash between traditional community ways and the newly-emergent materialism. Differences and similarities between Gillespie, the Kailyard, and George Douglas Brown's The House with the Green Shutters are discussed. The detailed analysis of Hay's novel indicates its crucial position in modern Scottish literature, and many of the conflicts it deals with are shown to have reappeared in more recent fiction.
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Bd./Vol. 6
Bono, Paola, Radicals and Reformers in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland: An Annotated Checklist of Books, Pamphlets, and Documents Printed in Scotland 1775 – 1800, 1989 (paperback € 33.95)
The political awakening of Scotland in the last quarter of the 18th century is documented by the growing number of pamphlets and other literature in those years. This number increased dramatically following the diffusion of the ideas of the French Revolution, and the heated debate it inspired. Already the war with the American colonies had led to a more widespread interest in politics, and the issues of sovereignty and of representation were to become more and more crucial as the need for a reform - at local as well as at national level - made itself felt.
The annotated checklist constitutes a documentary source for further studies in this field, while the comments appended to the items offer information and suggestions for possible directions of research.
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Bd./Vol. 5
Drescher, Horst W. (ed.), Literature and Literati: The Literary Correspondence and Notebooks of Henry Mackenzie, Volume 1: Letters 1766-1827, 1989 (paperback € 69.95)
The letters of Henry Mackenzie (1745-1831), the «man of feeling», now published for the first time, make up a unique collection of contemporary information on the cultural, intellectual, social, and political setting of their day. They communicate Scottish Enlightenment thought and openness; they follow the socio-cultural and literary cross-currents during one of the most significant periods of modern Scotland, extend their view to England and, though not forgetting regional boundaries and identities, include the European dimension.
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Bd./Vol. 4
Strauss, Dietrich / Drescher, Horst W. (eds.), Scottish Language and Literature, Medieval and Renaissance: Fourth International Conference 1984 – Proceedings, 1986 (out of print)
The contributions concerned with Scottish Medieval and Renaissance literature focus (1) on literary structures considered specifically Scottish, (2) on the European context in which Scottish poetry of these periods must be understood and (3) on relevant components of the Scottish socio-cultural setting. Two papers deal with early Scottish Gaelic and Orkney Norse literature. The contributions devoted to language are concerned with problems pertaining to historical and current problems of Scottish lexicography, morphology, syntax, phonology, place names and language status, as well as to comparative Germanic linguistics and socio-linguistics, both in connection with Scotland.
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Bd./Vol. 3
Drescher, Horst W. / Schwend, Joachim (eds.), Studies in Scottish Fiction: Nineteenth Century, 1985 (paperback € 67.95)
The contributors to this volume of essays take a new look at nineteenth-century Scottish prose writing. Adopting diverse approaches, they discuss critically and in detail pre-Victorian and Victorian Scottish fiction represented by James Hogg, Sir Walter Scott, John Galt, Susan Edmonstone Ferrier, John Gibson Lockhart, Thomas Carlyle, William Edmonstoune Aytoun, George MacDonald, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Davidson, Samuel Rutherford Crockett, and James Matthew Barrie. There is a rich diversity in nineteenth-century Scottish literature, but there is also the distinct voice of cultural identity and national self-consciousness.
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Bd./Vol. 2
Malzahn, Manfred, Aspects of Identity: The Contemporary Scottish Novel (1978-1981) as National Self-Expression, 1984 (out of print)
In spite of the loss of political independence, Scotland has remained an identifiable cultural entity to the present day. This study examines Scottish fiction as an expression of the country's national self-consciousness at a time when the debate about Scotland's survival as a nation was particularly vivid, i.e. the years before and after the referendum on a Scottish Assembly in 1979. Distinctive themes and images of contemporary Scottish fiction are outlined in an analysis of thirty-three novels published between 1978 and 1981.
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Bd./Vol. 1
Drescher, Horst W. (ed.), Thomas Carlyle 1981: Papers Given at the International Thomas Carlyle Centenary Symposium, 1982 (paperback € 65.95)
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), essayist, biographer, historian, philosopher, translator, literary and social critic, was one of the great intellectual forces of his period, indispensable to our understanding of Victorian Britain and the 19th century in general. Scholars from Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden and the United States assembled at the Scottish Studies Centre of the University of Mainz in Germersheim for the International Thomas Carlyle Centenary Symposium 1981. Their papers, published in this volume, open up a new - European - dimension of Carlyle's personality, work and thought. They offer evidence that the subject is not exhausted, quite the reverse, and that in many aspects Carlyle is as topical today as in his own time.
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