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Contents No. 36 / 37 (Autumn / Fall 2008) 
Editorial 
Conference Announcements - Societies - Subscriptions 
Projects - Research Centres 
Reviews - Recent Publications 
Bookcase

 

Editorial

Dear Subscriber / Reader,

We must apologize for the delay in publishing nos. 36 / 37 (Autumn / Fall 2008) as another double issue of SSN.
The Scottisch Studies Centre as the publishers of the Newsletter, after a long break enforced by structural as well as staffing problems (see the Newsletter editorial of no. 33, Spring 2002), has again taken the initiative to regenerate its activities related to the study of Scottish life and letters.
As before, the Newsletter will contain information about conferences as well as forthcoming events and focus on "Bookcase", our section started in no. 32, to keep you up-to-date with recent publications - a critical bibliography of Scottish Studies.
In addition, there will be occasional reports in retrospective on international conferences.

 

 

The Carlyle Society of Edinburgh

 
Ian Campbell

 

The Carlyle Society of Edinburgh has, since 1929, upheld the study of and interest in both Carlyles (Thomas 1795-1881 and Jane 1801-66) during decades which saw the decline and near-extinction of academic study (notably during the war years when Carlyle’s later ideas were wrongly confused with Fascism) and now the revival of interest in both, above all with the collection and publication of the Duke-Edinburgh Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle[1]whose 35th volume is published just as these words are written.  At almost the same time, the online edition of the letters (up to volume 32) is available and searchable online, an extraordinary leap forward in the possibilities of searching and writing on the developing thought of both Carlyles. 

 

When the Carlyle Society was formed, things were very different, indeed the omens must have seemed unfavourable that it would see through one decade, let alone almost eight.  The Carlyle Society of London had already folded[2] through lack of support, though the opening of the Carlyle House in Chelsea in 1895 and the Arched House in Ecclefechan testified to a small but enthusiastic core of those who wished to see the memory of an eminent Victorian, and an eminent Scot, preserved.[3]  Principal among the many forces for preservation of the Carlyles’ memory was Alexander Carlyle, son of brother Alexander who had emigrated to Canada[4].  The younger Alexander returned to the UK, married his cousin and with her looked after the aged Carlyle till he died in 1881, then devoted his considerable energies to collecting the letters of both, to publishing them, and to assembling in his home in Edinburgh an extraordinary collection of artefacts, letters and manuscripts which eventually were to find their way largely to the National Library of Scotland, their sale in part financing the statue of Thomas which still looks down the main street of an Ecclefechan reduced to country quiet by the closure of the railway station, and the construction of new roads[5].

 

The Carlyle Society of Edinburgh was founded when this activity was under way, when the manuscripts were safely under fewer roofs, when the University of Edinburgh provided a body of enthusiastic supporters (such as Professor Grierson)[6] for a straightforward literary society which, since its inception, has thrown its net wider than simply the study of Thomas Carlyle, explicitly including both Carlyles, and inevitably looking to the wider world of Victorian studies – and Scottish studies – as it tries in some way to mirror the extraordinary interests of both Carlyles.  Since the 1960s the Carlyle Society has been very much run from the English Literature department of Edinburgh University, and has sustained a pattern of publication enabled by the fortunate bequest from Thomas Green which funds a series of occasional lectures, and which over years of careful management by a succession of canny treasurers has made possible a publication schedule which now seems very impressive indeed.  The same department produced (with K.J.Fielding’s enthusiastic support) the Carlyle Newsletter for nine issues, as well as a series of occasional pamphlets, providing a platform for discussions of the Carlyles as well as for publication of new material, the discovery of which has been one of the most notable features of the long work of editing the Carlyle Letters.  The Carlyle Newsletter has moved on, to Queens College at CUNY, to Newfoundland, to Illinois, and now to North Carolina, and the flood of material shows no sign of abating.

 

As a charity, the Carlyle Society cannot sell its publications, but over the years has provided them gratis, and posted them all over the world, to members and to those who enquired.  There is a limited remaining stock, and we endeavour to fill libraries’ gaps and to find individual numbers which researchers on both sides of the Atlantic request.  Some of the individual pieces (David Daiches’ Carlyle and the Victorian Dilemma, for example) have become classics.  We continue to publish – Occasional Papers 20 appeared in September 2007 and material is now being gathered for Occasional Papers 21, along with our special Thomas Green Lecture publications which, in 2008, will be of Aileen Christianson’s lecture of 2007[7].  The advent of the computer has made the preparation of these annual publications easier as well as less expensive: illustration also has become commonplace rather than an expensive extra.  The Society is grateful to Edinburgh University for many things, including access to its excellent printing facilities.

 

1 Edited by Ian Campbell, Aileen Christianson, Brent Kinser, Jane Roberts, David Sorensen, Liz Sutherland and Jonathan Wild: vol. 35 (January-October 1859) published Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2007 with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Endowment for the Humanities and the British Academy.  Many other scholars (many of them active members of the Carlyle Society) have been involved in previous volumes, the first of them the late Charles Richard Sanders, whose first work on the edition dated back to 1960.

 

2 For details see “The Other Carlyle Society”, University of Edinburgh Journal XXVII, 2 (December, 1975), 114-8.

 

3 For details see “Carlyle in Cheyne Row” in Writers at Home ed. G. Jackson-Stopes (London, Trefoil, 1985), 61-75. And Carlyle Annual 12 (New York, Queens College Press, 1992); (contrib.)   “Carlyle House”, 65-90.

 

4 For details see ed E.W.Marrs,. Letters of Carlyle to his Brothe Alexandrr. (Belknap, Harvard U.P., 1968)

 

5 The catalogue of the Sotheby’s sale in 1932 is a fascinating record: see also Carlyle Annual 12 (note 3) for details.

 

6 Professor Grierson’s Carlyle and Hitler gained much publicity: Cambridge University Press, 1933 was the book-length expansion.

 

7 “Jane Welsh Carlyle, Biography and Biographers”

 

Carlyle Society, Session 2007-8

 

Meetings are held in 11 Buccleuch Place, from 1415-1600.  All welcome. 
More details from

 

Enquiries and new members are most welcome. 

Please contact the President at  
For further details of the Letters, or the Carlyle Studies Annual,

please contact the same address or in the USA David Sorensen at

 

 

Conference Announcements - Societies - Subscriptions

 

 

15-17 January, 2009
Centre for Robert Burns Studies - Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow
No. 7, University Gardens - Glasgow G12 8QH - Scotland
Internet: http://gla.ac.uk/departments/scottishliterature/robertburnscentre/
E-mail:

 

 

Robert Burns 1759 to 2009
Marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, the newly established Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow is hosting a three-day conference celebrating all aspects of Burns's life and works.

Papers are welcomed on any aspect of Burns studies but may be focussed on the following areas:

  • Burns and Slavery
  • Burns and America
  • Burns and Adam Smith
  • Burns and Ireland
  • Burns and Media
  • Burns and Enlightenment
  • Burns and Music
  • Burns and Biography
  • The Politics of the Kilmarnock volume
  • Burns and Clare
  • Burns, Bawdry and the Body

 

22-23 January, 2009

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)

Arts & Humanities Research Council

 

Robert Burns in Global Culture
The Royal Society of Edinburgh is organising a major one-day conference on 'Robert Burns and Global Culture' in 2009. The conference will reflect on issues such as the global reputation of Burns, the translation and reception of Burns in world literatures, the influence of Burns on the image of Scotland abroad and the continuing celebration of Burns in global culture in statues, music and Burns Supper events. As Scotland's National Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh will host this conference on Scotland's national bard as one of a series of global events to commemorate Burns on the 250th anniversary of his birth.
For further information contact
The Royal Society of Edinburgh Events Dept:
Internet: http://www.royalsoced.org.uk
E-Mail:
Tele- / Textphone: +44 131 240 5000 or Ticketline: +44 131 240 2780 - Fax: +44 131 240 5024

Projects and Research Centres

Two seminal editions in progress at Edinburgh University Press:

1. The Stirling / South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg.
General editors: Douglas Mack and Gillian Hughes

1. The Shepherd's Calendar. Douglas S. Mack.
2.
The Three Perils of Woman. David Groves.
Antony Hasler, and Douglas S. Mack.
3.
A Queer Book. P. D. Garside.
4. Tales of the Wars of Montrose, Gillian Hughes.
5. A Series of Lay Sermons. Gillian Hughes.
6. Queen Hynde. Suzanne Gilbert and Douglas S. Mack.
7. Anecdotes of Scott. Jill Rubenstein.
8. The Spy. Gillian Hughes.
9. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. P. D. Garside.
10. The Jacobite Relics of Scotland: First Series. Murray G. H.
Pittock.
11. Winter Evening Tales. Ian Duncan.
12. The Jacobite Relics of Scotland: Second Series. Murray G. H.
Pittock.
13. Altrive Tales. Gillian Hughes.
14. The Queen's Wake. Douglas S. Mack.
15. The Collected Letters of James Hogg. Vol. 1: 1800-1819. Gillian Hughes with Douglas S. Mack.
Robin MacLachlan, and Elaine Petrie.
16. Mador of the Moor. James E. Barcus.
17. Contributions to Annuals and Gift-Books. Janette Currie and Gillian Hughes.
18. The Collected Letters of James Hogg. Vol. 2: 1820-1831. Gillian Hughes with Douglas S. Mack. Robin MacLachlan. and Elaine Petrie.
19. The Forest Minstrel. Peter Garside and Richard D. Jackson with Peter Horsfall.
20. The Mountain Bard. Suzanne Gilbert.

2. The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels.
Editor-in-chief: David Hewitt. To be completed in 30 vols.
1. Waverley. P. D. Garside
2. Guy Mannering. P. D. Garside
3. The Antiquary. David Hewitt
4a The Black Dwarf. P. D. Garside
4b The Tale of Old Mortality. Douglas Mack
5. Rob Roy. David Hewitt
6. The Heart of Mid-Lothian. David Hewitt & Alison Lumsden
7a The Bride of Lammermoor. J. H. Alexander
7b A Legend of the Wars of Montrose. J. H. Alexander
8. Ivanhoe. Graham Tulloch
9. The Monastery. Penny Fielding
10. The Abbot. Christopher Johnson
11. Kenilworth. J. H. Alexander
12. The Pirate. Mark Weinstein and Alison Lumsden
13. The Fortunes of Nigel. Frank Jordan
14. Peveril of the Peak. Alison Lumsden
15. Quentin Durward. H. Alexander and G. A. M. Wood
16. Saint Ronan's Well. Mark Weinstein
17. Redgauntlet. G. A. M. Wood with David Hewitt
18a The Betrothed. J. B. Ellis
18b The Talisman. J. B. Ellis
19. Woodstock. Tony Inglis
20. Chronicles of the Canongate. Claire Lamont
21. The Fair Maid of Perth. A. Hook and D. Mackenzie
22. Anne of Geierstein. J. H. Alexander
23a Count Robert of Paris. H. Alexander
23b Castle Dangerous. H. Alexander
24. The Shorter Fiction. Graham Tulloch
25a Introductions and Notes from the Magnum Opus edition of 1829-33
25b Introductions and Notes from the Magnum Opus edition of 1829-33

The Bottle Imp: http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLint/ASLS/SWE/TBI/

James Hogg's Highland Journeys. Ed. Hans de Groot.
Accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press as part of the collected edition of Hogg's works,
sponsored by the University of Stirling and the University of South Carolina.
Please e-mail any suggestions concerning some remaining unidentifieds to:

 

The European Journal / La Revue Europeenne,
Editor: Vincenzo Merolle - Universitá di Roma “La Sapienza”.
Publisher: Milton School of Languages, Viale Grande Muraglia 301, 00144 Roma, Italia.
The Journal appears twice a year, in June and December

December 2000:
Emerson, Roger: “Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll (1682-1761). The Great Patron of the Scottish Enlightenment”
Merolle, Vincenzo: “Adam Ferguson, a man of the Scottish Enlightenment, or a European figure?”


BOSLIT

Online Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation
This is to draw attention to the free, online Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation (BOSLIT), a project funded by the Arts an Humanities Research Council and hosted at the National Library of Scotland.
BOSLIT will be of interest to overseas scholars working in the fields of translation, literary, area and cultural studies, teaching, practising and researching literary translation.

 

The Bibliography of Scottish Literaure in Translation (BOSLIT) can help to answer such questions. This online research tool, set up in 1994, contains bibliographic records for published translations of Scottish literature from the 15th century to the present day in more than 70 different languages and more than 104 countries. BOSLIT serves the needs of researchers, translators, teachers and the reading public; and it aims to encourage international interest in all areas of Scottish literature. BOSLIT currently contains more than 25,000 records, and is regularly updated.

“Literature” is defined broadly: as well as poetry, drama and prose, BOSLIT records translations of material from the oral tradition, as well as writings by historians, philosophers, scientists and others whose works have aesthetic, intellectual and cultural significance Most translations of writers from Scotland`s diverse linguistic communities, for example Arabic, Persian and Albanian texts.

Records can be accessed by means of a range of simple, Keyword and Boolean searched; in addition to searches by names of authors or translators, it is possible to obtain all records of, say, pre-1900 Portuguese translations of 19th-century Scottish poetry, or Finnish translations of 20th-century Scottish short stories.

BOSLIT has been compiled in close co-operation with the National Library of Scotland`s Bibliography of Scotland, using the Library`s cataloguing norms on its Voyager online library system, and the work continues to be updated periodically in the Library`s Scottish Bibliography Unit. It can be accessed directly at http://boslit.nls.uk, or through the National Library of Scotland website at http://www.nls.uk. Information on search methods is available online.

John Corbett
Professor of Applied Language Studies
Chairman, BOSLIT Steering Group
University of Glasgow

 

University of Aberdeen
Master Degrees in Irish and Scottish Studies

 

Ranging from medieval to modern, courses cover the history and literature of both countries and their migrant communities.

Students can study Irish or Scottish culture, or both. Working in the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, an 18th-century townhouse in Old Aberdeen, students benefit from the dynamic programme of conferences,symposia, and lectures run by the AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, one of the most successful research centres in the UK.

Scholarships and bursaries are available for suitably qualified candidates.

For further information:
E-mail:
Internet: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss
Phone: +44 (0) 1224 272 343
Mail: RIISS, Humanity Manse, 19 College Bounds, GB-Aberdeen AB24 3UG, Scotland

 

University of Stirling
MLitt In Modern Scottish Writing

 

Scotland’s national status ’is both dangled before us and tantalisingly withheld’, according to the poet Don Paterson. The Stirling Master’s programme views Scottish literature in the light of this ambiguity, from a perspective shaped by critical theory as well as traditional literary history.

The provisional and unstable nature of all writing resonates powerfully, in Scotland, with recent cultural history. Familiar critical questions about language, representation and the canon are not merely theoretical, but urgently relevant to ongoing debates. This taught MLitt programme explores how modern Scottish writing both reflects, and has helped to produce, this ambivalent cultural condition.

The Mlitt is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about Scottish literature and its political and historical contexts, and provides an ideal introduction to further postgraduate work.

 
Teaching Programme

 

Ø  The Mlit in Modern Scottish Writing explores the contribution of Scottish writing to ‘cultural modernity’, and examines writers and themes such as:
The ‘Scottish invention’ of historical fiction, from Walter Scott and James Hogg to James Robertson

Ø  Language, voice and authenticity from Robert Burns to Liz Lochhead and Sugayl Saadi

Ø  Scotland and the romance of Empire, from John Buchan and R. L. Stevenson to Irvine Welsh

Ø  The possibility of a national poetic tradition, from Ossian to Hugh MacDiarmid to Edwin Morgan

Ø  Scotland’s extended modernism, from Sorley MacLean to James Kelman and Janice Galloway

Ø  Postmodernity and the ‘post-nation’ in Muriel Spark and Alasdair Gray

 
Structure and Content
 

The teaching year at Stirling is divided into two semesters, which run from mid-September to mid-December and from mid-February to the end to May. Both full-time and part-time students take a core module in Modern Scottish Writing over two semesters. For part-time students this is in Year One.

The first semester provides a thematic and historical overview of the programme (doubling as a survey course in modern Scottish literature); the second semester challenges cultural historicism by proposing connections between Romantic and Modernist writing, in relation to themes of authenticity, representation and democracy.

In parallel with the core module, other modules allow you to develop a more specialised knowledge of specific texts and issues. You will take one of these modules each semester. If you are on the part-time programme you will take the two optional modules in Year Two.

These option modules vary depending on teaching staff, and include:

Ø  Enlightenment Scotland and the Historical Novel:
An examination of the ‘invention’ and development of the historical novel in Scotland, and the powerful influence of this genre on the structuring of cultural memory.

Ø  Language and Scottish Poetry:
An exploration of a series of paradoxes surrounding orality, tradition and cultural identity in modern Scottish poetry.

Ø  Writing Difference – Scottish Women and Tradition: 
Study of the place and function of women’s writing in the formation of a national canon.

Ø  Scottish Gothic:
Focuses on the contribution of Scottish writing to the emergence of the Gothic as a counter-discourse within Enlightenment modernity.

Ø  Comparative Approaches to Vernacular Texts: An exploration of vernacular, non-standard and ‘foreign’ English writing in relation to Scottish, American, and post-colonial cultures.

 

The Dissertation
 

The most significant piece of work on the programme will be a dissertation of 15,000 words, written during the summer, on a subject of your choosing in consultation with a member of the Department. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal interests within the broad field of modern Scottish writing. This is an intensive piece of research: each student is assigned a supervisor who provides advice in both the researching and the writing of the dissertation. You may choose to develop work initiated on one of the modules you have studied. Those who do not embark on the dissertation may be awarded a Diploma. The work of the best students completing the programme may be deemed worthy of an Mlitt with Distinction.

For further information, please contact:
Department of English Studies. University of Stirling. GB-Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland
Phone: +44 (0) 1786 467 495. Fax: +44 (0) 1786 466 210.
Internet: http://www.english.stir.ac.uk - E-mail:

 

 

Reviews - Recent Publications

 

Cont'd. from no. 34 / 35 (Winter 2004)

 

Bookcase

 

Bawcutt, P. / Williams, J. H. (eds.) A Companion to Medieval Scottish Poetry. Cambridge, 2006.
The poetry written in Scotland between the late fourteenth and the early years of the sixteenth century is exceptionally rich and varied. The contributions collected here, by leading specialists in the field, provide a comprehensive guide to the material.
There are introductions to the literary culture of late medieval Scotland and its historical context; studies of the writings of James I, Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, Gavin Douglas, and David Lyndsay; and essays devoted to general themes and genres, including the historiographical tradition, religious verse, romances, and the legendary history of Alexander the Great.
A final chapter provides bibliographical guidance on the major advances in the criticism and scholarly study of this poetry during the last thirty years.
Contributors:
Priscilla Bawcutt, Julia Boffey, John Burrow, Elizabeth Ewan R. James Goldstein, Douglas Gray, Janet Hadley Williams R.J. Lyall, Anne McKim, Joanna Martin, Rhiannon Purdie, Nicola Royan.

Beutel, H. Die Sozialtheologie Thomas Chalmers und ihre Bedeutung für die Freikirchen. (Arbeiten zur Pastoraltheologie, Liturgik und Hymnologie, 52). Göttingen, 2007.
The focus of this detailed and thoroughly researched study of Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), professor of moral philosophy (St. Andrews) and, subsequently, professor of divinity at Edinburgh is on his personality and teaching as most active pioneer of the movement which led to the disruption of the Scottish Established Church and the formation of the Free Church. A great preacher and author of many theological and philosophical treatises his integrated approach is, for the first time, appropriately as well as critically received and convincingly traced in its full significance for modern Free Church understanding of today.

Böhnke, D. Shades of Gray. Science Fiction, History and the Problem of Postmodernism in the Work of Alasdair Gray. Leipzig, 2004.
In the year of Alasdair Gray's seventieth birthday, this study proposes a fresh approach to the work of this eminent Scottish writer. His writings – particularly the novels Lanark (1981), Poor Things (1992) and A History Maker (1994) – are investigated against the background of contemporary debates in literary and cultural theory, loosely grouped around the concept of “postmodernism” which has been so controversially discussed during the past few decades. Among the central issues analysed in this context are the question of science fiction and social criticism and the concept of history in Gray's oeuvre, in addition to the problematic aspect of the 'postmodern' quality of his writing.

Brock, H. (ed). The Correspondence of Dr. William Hunter. London, 2008.
Born in Scotland, William Hunter pursued an extensive medical education in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Paris. He settled in London where he made his name as an anatomist and obstetrician before being elected to the Royal Society in 1767. He was a knowledgeable collector. He bequeathed his anatomical and pathological preparations, natural history specimens, antiquities, paintings, and extensive library to the University of Glasgow where they now form the Hunterian Museum. Hunter's admiration for Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings in the Royal Collection sparked the eighteenth-century fashion for collecting his works on paper.
Hunter's prominent position in London's scientific and artistic circles, his extensive medical and connoisseurial contacts in Scotland and Europe, and his network of students, make his correspondence a unique record of the Enlightenment. This edition presents all of his known correspondence, drawing upon archives around the world. The letters are presented chronologically and interspersed with new editorial material to create a fascinating narrative about this important era of medical and scientific discovery.

Broun, D. Scottish Independence and The Idea of Britain. From the Picts to Alexander III. Edinburgh, 2007.
When did Scots first think of Scotland as an independent kingdom? What did they think was Scotland's place in Britain before the age of Wallace and Bruce?
The answers argued in this book offer a fresh perspective on the question of Scotland's relationship with Britain. Dauvit Broun challenges the standard concept of the Scots as an ancient nation whose British identity only emerged in the early modern era, but also provides new evidence that the idea of Scotland as an independent kingdom was older than the age of Wallace and Bruce. This leads to radical reassessments of a range of fundamental issues: the fate of Pictish identity and the origins of Alba, the status of Scottish kingship vis-à-vis England, the papacy's recognition of the independence of the Scottish Church, and the idea of Scottish freedom. It also sheds new light on the authorship of John of Fordun's Chronicle – the first full-scale history of the Scots – and offers a historical explanation of the widespread English inability to distinguish between England and Britain.
All this is placed in the wider context of ideas of ultimate secular power in Britain and Ireland and the construction of national histories in this period. The book concludes with a fresh perspective on the origin of national identity, and the medieval and specifically Scottish contribution to understanding what is often regarded as an exclusively modern phenomenon.

Burgess, M. / J. Paisley (eds). On the Road Home It was Suddenly (New Writing Scotland 19). An Anthology of New Writing. Glasgow, 2002.

Campbell of Airds, A. A History of Clan Campbell. vol. 3. From the Restoration to the Present Day. Edinburgh, 2004.
In the third and final volume of Alastair Campbell's acclaimed account of the Campbells the story resumes at a high pace. Successive incidents include the 9th Earl's part in the 1685 Rebellion and his eventual execution; the 10th Earl's raising to a Dukedom; the Massacre of Glencoe; the 2nd Duke's quashing of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion at Sheriffmuir, the notable part played by the Clan in the 1745 Rebellion and in its aftermath the sorry tale of the Appin Murder.
Following the defeat of the Jacobite armies at Culloden in 1746 the old Clan system effectively came to an end. Succeeding chapters describe the break-up of the old order and the diaspora across the world together with details of the chiefly family and an account of the part played by the Clan in the British Army from its founding down to the war in Iraq. It is extraordinary to see how firmly the Campbells have left their imprint, how widely and in what a variety of ways.

Carlyle, T. Literature and Belief. Volume 25:1&2. eds. Paul E. Kerry and Jesse S. Crisler. Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature. Brigham Young University. 2005.
Carlyle and Divinity Hall (Ian Campbell). Carlyle, Irving, and the Problematics of Prophecy (Caroline McCracken-Flesher). Thomas Carlyle, Edward Irving, and Millennialist Discourse (John Ulrich). Goethe: Carlyle's Spiritual Guide (Elisa Álvarez Fernández). Carlyle's Religion: The New Evangel (Marylu Hill). The Tailor's Tailor: Thomas Carlyle's Jesus Christ (Rodger L. Tarr). Carlyle, Thermodynamic Discourse, and Apocalyptic Anxieties (Jude V. Nixon). Linguistic and Religious Despair in Carlyle's Latter-Day Pamphlets (Lowell T. Frye). “Spiritual Optics?” or Carlyle's Gospel: A Revised Version (Kenneth J. Fielding). Thomas Carlyle's Draft Essay on the Mormons (Paul E. Kerry). Carlyle, Turgenev, and the Religion of Revolution in the Nineteenth Century (David R. Sorensen). God-Intoxicated Men: Religion and Drunkenness in Carlyle's Works (James Evans). Anxious Allusions: The Bible in Thomas Carlyle's Correspondence (Frances Frame). Carlyle's Agnosticism: An Altar to the Unknown and Unknowable God (Ralph Jessop).Thomas Carlyle, Frederick the Great, and the God of History (Brent E. Kinser). The Carlyles and St. Luke's, the Chelsea Parish Church (David Southern). Beyond “The Hero as Prophet”: Images of Islam in Carlyle's Works (Albert D. Pionke). “Unfold your self”: Kenneth J. Fielding and Carlyle Studies, 1988-2004 (David Sorensen).

Carruthers, G. (ed). The Devil to Stage. Five Plays by James Bridie. Association for Scottish Literary Studies, vol. 35. Glasgow, 2007.
The Sunlight Sonata;The Anatomist; A Sleeping Clergyman; Mr Bolfry; Daphne Laureola.
The establishment of the new National Theatre of Scotland has revived interest in Scottish drama, both at home and around the world. James Bridie is one of Scotland's greatest playwrights, and one of the leading British dramatists of the 20th century. His work is a celebration of the human spirit, its mixture of 'dirt and deity', the opposition of appearance and reality, the deflation of pretension and the investigation of moral dilemmas, all presented with irony, wit and serious levity.
This collection of five acting scripts has been thoroughly corrected and re-set, and brings some of Bridie' greatest works back into the public domain. Dr Carruthers' extensive introduction provides an essential critical background to Bridie's life and work, and the comprehensive notes make the plays more accessible and enjoyable.

Corbett, J. / B. Findlay (eds) Serving Twa Maisters. Five Classic Plays in Scots Translation. Glasgow, 2005.
The collection comprises translations of classic plays from a variety of eras and languages, produced over half a century by writers of different generations. Each employs an individually-fashioned stage-Scots. It makes available texts that have hitherto been difficult to find, with three of the translations published here for the first time. In addition to full play-texts, the volume supplies an informative introduction, notes, appendices, bibliography and a full glossary.

Corbett, J. / B. Findlay (eds). Serving Twa Maisters: Five Classic Plays in Scots Translation. Association for Scottish Literary Studies, vol. 34. Glasgow, 2004.

Crawford, R. (ed.) 'Heaven-Taught Fergusson'. Robert Burns's Favourite Scottish Poet. East Lothian, 2003.
'Heaven-taught Fergusson', wrote Robert Burns in stylish admiration. This tribute was only one of many bonds between Scotland's national poet and the poetic master whom he most loved, but never met. The Edinburgh man of letters Henry Mackenzie had termed Burns a 'heaven-taught ploughman'. The label stuck. In contrast, the late Robert Fergusson had been no farm boy and had spent almost half his short life in formal education. Yet in calling him 'Heaven-taught', Burns pays tribute to a fellow poet's genius. He wishes to link himself to a writer whose example both terrified and inspired him.
Later Scottish poets have admired Fergusson in similarly strong terms. The ten specially commissioned poems in this book paying tribute (directly or indirectly) to Fergusson continue a tradition of homage while sounding their own contemporary notes. Sometimes gleeful, sometimes solemn, 'Heaven-taught Fergusson' both winks at and scrutinises a poet who was in several ways strikingly different from Burns. Poets and critics from three continents come together in this volume. In various ways their soundings suggest just what it is about Fergusson that makes him still seem 'heaven-taught'.

de Juan, Luis. Postmodernist Strategies in Alasdair Gray's Lanark: A Life in 4 Books. (Scottish Studies International, 33). Frankfurt am Main, 2003.
This book shows how Alasdair Gray' Lanark 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.

Dixon, K. (ed.) L'Autonomie écossaise. Essais critiques sur une nation britannique. ELLUG, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, 2001.
The stated goal of the series L'Ecosse en question is to provide critical insights into Scottish culture and literature, of the past as well as of present-day developments. This volume includes essays on Passé, présent et futur de la politique en Ecosse (Alice Brown), Le mouvement ouovie et la question nationale 1886-1997 (Christian Civardi), Les femmes écossaises face an changement constitutionel (Esther Breitenbach). (see also Lévy, M.: Boswell)

Dixon, K./Morère, P. (eds.) Études Écossaises. Vol. 7: Le mystérieux – The Mysterious (2001). Vol. 8: Le roman écossais moderne – The Modern Scottish Novel (2002).
These two volumes belong to the series published by the group de recherche “Études Écossaises” Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, collections providing informative and argumentative essays on Scottish life and letters.
Contents (Numéro 7):
Allan Ingram, The Vision at Slains: Bowell's Supernatural Encounters - Tom Hubbard, Édimbourg-La-Morte: The Fantastic in Charles Dickens and Robert Stevenson - Pierre Carboni, The Castle of Indolence de James Thomson: l'étrange songe de la raison - Dominique Delmaire, L'oeuvre fictionnelle de George Mackay Brown: un fantastique qui laisse à désirer? - Marie-Odile Pittin-Hédon, Postmodern Fantasy: The Supernatural in Gray's Comedy of the White Dog and Welsh's Granton Star Cause - Bernard Sellin, David Lindsay et The Haunted Woman - Jean-Pierre Simard, Irrationnel et étrange, outils poétiques de l'initiation dans Knives in Hens de David Harrower - Patrick Chézeaud, Lumières irrationnelles d'Écosse et la fin du baroque - Patrick Menneteau, Aspects de l'irrationnel dans la philosophie de David Hume - Clotilde Prunier, Les traditions des Highlanders: des superstitions qui ont réussi? - Thomas Gifford, DU surnaturel à l'idéologie: le jacobinisme du Révérend Robert Kirk dans The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Faunes and Fairies - Jean Berton, Le klpie, ou les monstres lacustres - Marie C. Tucker, SIR George Mackensie of Rosehaugh, Procureur du Roi, défenseur de la sorcière Maevia en 1672 - Andy Hunter, The Peregrinations of Auld Robin Gray and Eugénie Grandet - Yannick Deschamps, Le débat sur l'Union anglo-écossaise: la dernière phase (1706-1707)

Contents (Numéro 8):
Margery Palmer McCulloch, Opening the Door to Keep Breathing. Women and Fiction in Twentieth-Century Scotland - Keith Dixon, The Gospels According to Saint Bakunin Lewis Grassic Gibbon and Libertarian Communism - Philippe Laplace, Le pole de l'imaginaire de la mer et la quete d'identité chez Neil M. Gunn - Blaise Douglas, Les discours contradictoires dans Second Sight de Neil M. Gunn - Morag Munro-Landi, Fiction and the Personal: Neil Gunn's Triangular Vision - Marie-Odile Pittin-Hédon, Alasdair Gray. Le piège de la dialectique - Graeme MacDonald, A Scottish Subject? Kelman's Determination - David Leishman, Breaking up the Language? Sighs and Names in Alan Warner's Scotland - Jean Berton, De l'élimination de l'auteur dans Ghostwriting de John Herdman - Iain Galbraith, Eclipsing Binaries: Self and Other in John Burnside's Fiction - Clotilde Prunier, La discussionou la soumission? Les roles contradictoires de la Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge dans les Highlands d'Ecosse au XVIII siècle - Yannick Deschamps, De l'empire anglais à l'empire britannique: le débat sur l'Union anglo-écossaise et la question des colonies d'Amérique - Pierre Carboni, “Autumn” de James Thomson: voix dissonantes et harmonie d'une poésie augustéenne écossaise - Sylvie Lafon-Kleiman, Le Centaure, bete curieuse de la mythologie écossaise des Lumières - Catherine Persyn, Contraria a contrariis curantur ou contradiction et obéissance chez George MacDonald - Patrick Chézaud, Lord Monboddo et ses contradictions: une philosophie moderne dans l'Écosse du XVIII siècle? - Patrick Menneteau, Aspects de la contradiction dans Dialogues sur la religion naturelle de David Hume - Francoise Barbé-Petit, Différences / Fictions / Contradictions dans la philosophie de David Hume - Claire Puglisi-Kaczmarek, Enjeux des aspects contradictoires dans la théologie pratique de Thomas Chalmers au début du XIX siècle

Études Écossaises. Numéro 4. La poésie écossaise. Scottish Poetry Université Stendhal, Grenoble, 1997.

Études Écossaises. Numéro 6. Visual arts in Scotland. Université Stendhal, Grenoble 3, 1999-2000.

Études Écossaises. Numéro 7. The Strange. The Mysterious. The Supernatural. Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, 2001.

Études Écossaises. Numéro 11.L'Utopie - Utopia.. Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3, 2008.

Findlay. Bill (ed.). Scottish People's Theatre. Plays by Glasgow Unity Writers. Introduction by Randall Stevenson. The Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 37. Glasgow, 2008.
Growing out of the roots planted in the Great Depression and the chaos of the Second World War, Glasgow Unity Theatre grew into the most celebrated and influential or mid-twentieth century Scottish theatre companies, successfully developing the theatrical styles and political commitments of the organisations from which it came. This new publication contains acting scripts of five of their most important plays, including Ena Lamont Stewart's Men Should Weep in its previously-unpublished first version, and a play from the 1950s, All in Good Faith, by Roddy McMillan, who had begun his career as one of Unity's outstanding performers. Along with Unity celebrated achievements in the later 1940s - Robert McLeish's The Gorbals Story, George Munro's Gold in his Boots, and Benedick Scott's The Lambs of God - this volume allows Unity's work to be read together, for the first time, and seen fully in the context of its period and influence. Here too we can see a use of Scots language far removed from the pantomime, music-hall and comedy of the contemporary stage, and capable instead of conveying genuine and universal emotions.

Finlay, Richard J. Modern Scotland 1914-2000. London, 2004
A major history of the Scottish people in the twentieth century – from the First World War, which radically altered the political, social and economic landscape of the country, to the creation of the Scottish parliament in 2000.

Freeman, A. Imagined Worlds. Fiction by Scottish Women 1900-1935. ed. Horst W. Drescher. Frankfurt am Main, 2005.
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.

Gardiner, M. From Trocchi to Trainspotting. Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960. Edinburgh, 2006.
This book charts the course of Scottish Critical Theory since the 1960s. It provocatively argues that 'French' critical-theoretical ideas have developed in tandem with Scottish writing during this period. Its themes can be read as a breakdown in Scottish Enlightenment thinking after empire – precisely the process which permitted the rise of 'theory'.
The book places within a wider theoretical context writers such as Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Ian Hamilton Finlay, James Kelman, Alexander Trocchi, Janice Galloway, Alan Warner and Irvine Welsh, as well as more recent work by Alan Riach and Pat Kane, who can be seen to take the 'post-Enlightenment' narrative forward. In doing so, it draws on the work of the Scottish thinkers John Macmurray and R. D. Laing as well as the continental philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Paul Virilio.

Gaskill, H. (ed) The Reception of Ossian in Europe. London, New York, 2004.
The intellectual scope and cultural impact of British writers cannot be assessed without reference to their 'European' fortunes. This collection of 20 essays, prepared by an international team of scholars, critics and translators, records the ways in which Macpherson's Ossian has been received, translated and published in different areas of Europe. The Ossian poems caused a sensation on their first appearance in the early 1760s. Indeed, there is hardly a major Romantic poet on whom they failed to make a significant impression. The essays brought together in this volume explore the reception of Ossian in a wide range of European countries, in both literary and non-literary forms of reception and in the work of both individual writers and national literary cultures.

Gifford, D. / D. McMillan (eds). A History of Scottish Women's Writing. Edinburgh, 1997.
The volume brings together essays from a wide range of contributors who differ in gender, critical and theoretical approach, in nationality, and in what they consider to be the 'Scottishness' of the writers they discuss. The essays thus vary in focus; some cover individual writers, such as Margaret Oliphant, Nan Shepherd, Muriel Spark and Liz Lochhead, while others address themselves to groups of writers or kinds of writing, such as women poets of the nineteeth century, women dramatists, or Gaelic writing, and the legacy of the Kailyard. There is also extensive treatment of the exciting new developments in contemporary women's writing. The generic range of writing covered is a distinctive feature of the volume: apart from the obvious attention to poetry, drama and fiction a varied body of non-fiction writing is covered including diaries, memoirs, biography and autobiography, didactic and polemic writing and writing from the periodical press, as well as popular writing for and by women.

Goring, Rosemary (ed.). Scotland. The Autobiography. Penguin Books Ltd., 2007.
Scotland. The Autobiography presents Scotland's history in the words of the people who lived it, from the first century to the present day. All periods of recorded Scottish history are here, from the arrival of the Romans to the execution of William Wallace and the battle of Bannockburn, from the Covenant era, savage Jacobite risings and Highland Clearances to the Clydebank Blitz and the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
This is living, accessible history, told by crofters, criminals, servants, housewives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, prisoners, children, comedians, sportsmen, and many more. Presented chronologically, and a joy to read whether cover-to-cover or dipped into as a treasury, Scotland. The Autobiography offers an intimate, vivid, wide-ranging and engrossing account of Scotland and the Scots.

Harris, B. The Scottish People and the French Revolution. London, 2008.
This is the first modern scholarly study of the political culture of Scotland during the 1790s.
Harris compares the emergence of 'the people' as a political force in Scotland with popular political movements in England and Ireland. He is the first to analyse Scottish responses to the French Revolution across the political spectrum; explaining Loyalist as well as Radical opinions and organisations. He also takes regional difference into account, moving scholarly attention beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Heath, E. / V. Merolle (eds). Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature. London, 2007.
Increasing numbers of scholars have recognized Ferguson's contribution to Enlightenment thinking, but no collections of scholarly essays have been devoted to him. In this, the first of two related monographs, essays range across all of Ferguson's works to investigate his engagement with contemporary events and his contributions to our understanding of history and human action.

Hubbard, Tom and R.D.S. JACK (Eds.) Scotland in Europe. SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2006, 304 pp. A realignment of Scottish literary studies is long overdue. The present volume counters the relative neglect of comparative literature in Scotland by exploring the fortunes of Scottish writing in mainland Europe, and, conversely, the engagement of Scottish literary intellectuals with European texts. Most of the contributions draw on the online Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation (http://boslit.nls.uk). Together they demonstrate the richness of the creative dialogue, not only between writers, but also between musicians and visual artists when they turn their attention to literature. The contributors to this volume cover most of Europe, including the German-speaking countries, Scandinavia, France, Catalonia, Portugal, Italy, the Balkans, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia. All Scotland's major literary languages - Gaelic, Scots, English and Latin - are featured in a continent-wide labyrinth that will repay further exploration.
Contributors: Ian RANKIN: Foreword - Tom HUBBARD: Introduction: Coalescences - Roger GREEN: George Buchanan's Psalm Paraphrases in a European Context - R.D.S. JACK: Translation and Early Scottish Literature - Norbert WASZEK: The Scottish Enlightenment in Germany, and its Translator, Christian Garve (1742-98) - Christopher WHYTE: Reasons for Crossing: European Poetry in Gaelic - J. Derrick McCLURE: European Poetry in Scots - Margaret ELPHINSTONE: Some Fictions of Scandinavian Scotland - Kirsteen McCUE: Schottische Lieder ohne Wörter?: What Happened to the Words for the Scots - Song Arrangements by Beethoven and Weber? - Iain GALBRAITH: "Your Scottish dialect drives us mad": A Note on the Reception of Poetry in Translation, with an Account of the Translation of Recent Scottish Poetry into German - Corinna KRAUSE: Gaelic Poetry in Germany - Dominique DELMAIRE: Translating Robert Burns into French: Verse or Prose?
Eilidh BATEMAN and Sergi MAINER: Scotland and Catalonia - Zsuzsanna VARGA: Sporadic Encounters: Scottish-Portuguese Literary Contacts Since 1500 - Marco FAZZINI: Bridging Ineffable Gaps: MacDiarmid's First Scots Poem into Italian - Mario RELICH: Scottish Writers and Yugoslavia as Apocalyptic Metaphor - Emilia SZAFFNER: Scottish Writers in Translation as Published in the Hungarian Magazine Nagyvildg - Teresa Grace MURRAY: Small Voices in the Big Picture - Robert R. CALDER: Slavist as Poet: J.F. Hendry and the Epic of Russia (Some Footnotes from a Personal Memoir) - Index

Hughes, G. James Hogg. A Life. Edinburgh University Press. 2007.
This is the first full, modern biography of James Hogg.
Gillian Hughes' work has been generously supported by funding from research bodies including the UK's Arts and Humanities research Board and generous grants made by the Carnegie Trust.
Bowdlerized editions of Hogg's produced following his death are credited with sinking his reputation as an influential writer, to be resurrected only with the 1947 edition of Memoirs and Confessions, Gillian Hughes's biography has arisen out of the The Stirling / South Carolina Research Edition of James Hogg, published by Edinburgh University Press. These unexpurgated editions go back to the original texts, exposing them in all their glorious 'indelicacy', accompanied by full introductions, explanatory notes and editorial comment.

Inglis, T. (ed). Sir Walter Scott. The Heart of Mid-Lothian. London, New York, 1994.

Jacob, V. Flemington. ed. Carol Anderson. Aberdeen, 1994.
Flemington is set in and around Montrose on the east coast of Scotland. Although she spent much of her life outside Scotland, Violet Jacob had family connections with the area, and especially with the House of Dun, which stands to the north of the Montrose Basin and figures, as the House of Balnillo, in key scenes of the novel. One of her ancestors, David Erskine, the thirteenth Laird of Dun, is the model for Lord Balnillo of the novel.
This is not, however, a dry historical reconstruction but a story of action and intrigue, in which powerful characters are driven against each other by the political turmoil of their times. Dr Carol Anderson of the Department of Scottish Literature of the University of Glasgow, an expert on Violet Jacob and other twentieth-century women writers, provides an introduction drawing attention to the literary qualities of the text and full explanatory notes for this new edition of a novel which has been too long out of print.

Kelly, W.A. / A.M. McCleery (eds). The Bibliotheck. A Journal of Scottish Bibliography and Book History. Volume 1, Number 1 and 2. 2004.

Kerry, P.E. / J. S. Crisler (eds). Literature and Belief. vol. 25:1,2. Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature. Brigham Young University, 2005.
Contents: “Carlyle and Divinity Hall” (Ian Campbell) – “Carlyle, Irving, and the Problematics of Prophecy (Caroline McCracken-Flesher) – “Thomas Carlyle, Edward Irving, and Millennialist Discourse” (John Ulrich) – “Goethe: Carlyle's Spiritual Guide” (Elisa Álvarez Fernández) – “Carlyle's Religion: The New Evangel” (Ruth ApRoberts) – “Reason and Revelation in Thomas Carlyle's Historical Essays” (Marylu Hill) – “The Tailor's Tailor: Thomas Carlyle's Jesus Christ” (Rodger L. Tarr) – “Carlyle, Thermodynatmic Discourse, and Apocalyptic Anxieties” (Jude V. Nixon) – “Linguistic and Religious Despair in Carlyle's Latter-Day Pamplets” (Lowell T. Frye) – ‘Spiritual Optics?’ or Carlyle's Gospel: A Revised Version” (Kenneth J. Fielding) – “A Skeptical Elegy as in Auchtertool Kirkyard” (Kenneth J. Fielding) – “Thomas Carlyle's Draft Essay on the Mormons” (Paul E. Kerry) – “Carlyle, Turgenev, and the Religion of Revolution in the Nineteenth Century” (David R. Sorensen) – “God-Intoxicated Men: Religion and Drunkenness in Carlyle's Works” (James Evans) – “Anxious Allusions: The Bible in Thomas Carlyle's Correspondence (Frances Frame) – “Carlyle's Agnosticism: An Altar to the Unknown and Unknowable God” (Ralph Jessop) – “Thomas Carlyle, Frederick the Great, and the God of History” (Brent E. Kinser) – “The Carlyles and St. Luke's, the Chelsea Parish Church” (David Southern) – “Beyond “The Hero as Prophet”: Images of Islam in Carlyle's Works” (Albert D. Pionke) - “Unfold your self”: Kenneth J. Fielding and Carlyle Studies, 1988-2004” (David Sorensen)

Kinloch, D. / R. Price (eds.). La Nouvelle Alliance. Influences francophones sur la littérature écossaise moderne. Université Stendhal-Grenoble, 2000.

Kristmannsson, G. Literary Diplomacy II. Translation without an Original. Scottish Studies International, 37. 2 Vols. Frankfurt am Main, 2005.
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.

Laplace, P. Les Hautes-Terres, L'Histoire et la Mémoire dans les Romans de Neil M. Gunn. Besancon, 2006.
This critical study of Gunn's work covers his three Highland novels Sun Circle (1933), Butcher's Broom (1934) and The Silver Daarlings (1941); historical novels and their focus on the aspect of national identity.

Leask, N. / A. Riach. Stepping Westward. Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Inaugural Lectures. Glasgow, 2006.
Introduction by Douglas Gifford; Afterword by Liz Lochhead.

Lévy, M. Boswell. Un libertin mélancolique. Sa vie, ses voyages, ses amours et ses opinions.
ELLUG, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, 2001
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The stated goal of ELLUG (Editions litéraires et linguistiques de l'université de Grenoble) is to publish series of critical studies, such as, for example, L'Ecosse en question, dealing with literary and cultural aspects of Scottish life and letters. (See also L'Autonomie écossaise. Essais critiques sur une matopm britannique, ed. Keith Dixon).

Littératures et cultures étrangères: «L'Écosse en questions». Éditions Littéraires et linguistiques de l'université de Grenoble, 2008.
Alasdair Gray: marges et effects de miroirs; L'Autonomie écossaise: essais critiques sur une nation britannique; La Nouvelle Alliance: influences francophones; Écosse des Lumières: le XVIIIe siècle autrement.

Lyall, S. Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place. Imagining a Scottish Republic. Edinburgh, 2006.
Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place is the first book-length study of the politics of Scotland's greatest modern poet. Undermining the conventional view of MacDiarmid as a contradictory political thinker, it examines his politics in relation to the most poetically productive Scottish places in which he lived. By aligning him with Scots as diverse as Patrick Geddes, John Maclean, and A. S. Neill, alongside European theorists such as Adorno, Gramsci, and Benjamin, Scott Lyall establishes MacDiarmid as pivotal to a `hidden' tradition of Scottish radicalism that unites the poet's nationalism and internationalism in an imagined Scottish Republic.
An Innovative, intelligent critique of modern Scotland's central cultural figure, offering also a valuable social history of Scottish modernism, this important book advances our understanding of the crucial part played by MacDiarmid in the ongoing struggle for Scottish political self-determination.

McCulloch, M. P.(ed.) Modernism and Nationalism: Literature and Society in Scotland 1918-1939. Source Documents for the Scottish Renaissance. Glasgow, 2004.
What made the twentieth-century interwar literary renaissance unique among Scottish cultural movements was the belief of those involved that any regeneration of the nation's artistic culture could not be separated from revival in its social, economic and political life. An additional priority was engagement with Europe and with the artistic and intellectual ideas of the modern period. Nationalism, internationalism and modernity were therefore seen as complementary and interactive parts of an ambitious national renewal project.
Modernism and Nationalism: Literature and Society in Scotland 1918-1939 is an edited collection of primary sources from this challenging period. Through excerpts from periodical articles, book chapters, letters and other documents, it brings us the voices of writers such as MacDiarmid, Gunn, Linklater, Compton Mackenzie, Naomi Mitchison, the Muirs, Carswells and many others, reviewing and arguing over the literary, social, economic and political issues of their time, both at home and abroad, while in the process offering new insights into the ideas behind their own creative writing. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of interwar Scotland.

McCulloch, Margery P. (ed). Modernism and Nationalism: Literature and Society in Scotland 1918-1939. Association for Scottish Literary Studies, vol. 33. Glasgow, 2003.

McFarlane, H. Archinonan: A Highland Clearance Recorded. Bloomington, 2004.
This book highlights one violent summer in one Argyll village. In doing so, it reveals the forces that ensured the death of the West Highland way of life.
In 1848, the landowner terminated the leases of four tenant farmers in Arichonan. To the surprise and fear of Argyll law enforcement, the people in this hilltop village did not peacefully leave their homes: they mobbed and they rioted. Moreover, they were joined by 100 to 200 people from the surrounding area, who harassed the police officers trying to enforce the “Summons of Removing.”
A handwritten record of the subsequent legal process lies in the National Archives of Scotland. This book includes a complete transcription – word for word – of those papers from earliest evidence to final sentences. Every person mentioned is listed alphabetically at the end of the book.

McGonigal, J. / Stirling K. (eds.) Ethically Speaking. Voice and Values in Modern Scottish Writing. Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature. Volume 6. Amsterdam, New York, 2006.
As politics and cultures interact within an increasingly diverse Scotland, and differences in values become more evident across generations, the need for clear understanding and cooperation within and between communities becomes a pressing issue. This relates both to local and larger concerns: language, violence, morality, gender and sexuality, education, ethnicity, truth and lies. The chapters gathered here focus on significant Scottish writers of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, (Edwin Morgan, A. L. Kennedy, Liz Lochhead, John Burnside, Jackie Kay, Robin Jenkins, Muriel Spark, William McIlvanney, Ali Smith, James Kelman and others) and the communities described are certainly Scottish, but the issues raised are universal. Questions are asked about the relationship of the individual to others, and therefore, on a larger scale, about the means through which any community is both constructed and sustained: linguistically, spiritually, ethically.

McIlvanney, W. Docherty. Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, 1994.

McLaren, Colin A. Aberdeen Students 1600-1860. With translations by Morton A E Gauld and analytical tables by Rachel Hart.University of Aberdeen, 2005.
Few studies of student life before the mid-nineteenth century offer more than occasional glimpses of what it was like to be an undergraduate student. This book illuminates the daily lives of students at the Universities of Aberdeen between 1600 and 1860. It describes how they were taught and how they learned; how they worshipped; how they relaxed; how they behaved in and outside the classroom; where they came from and what they did afterwards. It draws in detail on the careers of 127 students, augmented by several hundred counted heads. It is based on many years of work in the university's own archives, enriched by a wide range of other sources. The author was formerly Archivist and Librarian at the University of Aberdeen.

McMillan, D. (ed.) The Scotswoman at Home and Abroad. Non-Fictional Writing 1700-1900. Glasgow, 1999.
This remarkable anthology gives the reader a unique insight into the ideas and actions of women in Scotland over two centuries. The selection ranges across the entire social spectrum, from the aristocratic advice of Lady Grisell Baillie's Household Book to the reminiscences and moral reflections of Janet Hamilton, a shoemaker's daughter from Shotts. Geographically the approach is scarcely less broad, stretching from accounts of the Hebrides and Shetlands to voyages across the Pacific ocean. Each selection begins with a biographical note and includes guidance for further reading. The extracts are annotated throughout, making The Scotswoman at Home and Abroad a resource for students as well providing historical and aesthetic pleasure for the general reader. Practical or whimsical, written for pleasure or for publication and profit, the extracts in The Scotswoman at Home and Abroad provide a vivid cross-selection of half of Scotland's culture from 1700 to 1900, using texts that have fallen out of print and including some previously unpublished material. Issues of class, gender and society are boldly illustrated, and the private and public life of the times can be read out of these works in ways that would not perhaps be possible from male writing of the period.

Merolle, V. (ed). The Manuscripts of Adam Ferguson. London, 2005.

Miller, G. Alasdair Gray. The Fiction of Communion. Amsterdam, New York, 2005.
Alasdair Gray's writing, and in particular his great novel Lanark: A Life in Four Books (1981), is often read as a paradigm of postmodern practice. This study challenges that view by presenting an analysis that is at once more conventional and more strongly radical. By reading Gray in his cultural and intellectual context, and by placing him within the tradition of a Scottish history of ideas that has been largely neglected in contemporary critical writing, Gavin Miller re-opens contact between this highly individualistic artist and those Scottish and European philosophers and psychologists who helped shape his literary vision of personal and national identity. Scottish social anthropology and psychiatry (including the work of W. Robertson Smith, J.G. Frazer and R.D. Laing) can be seen as formative influences on Gray's anti-essentialist vision of Scotland as a mosaic of communities, and of our social need for recognition, acknowledgement and the common life.

Morère, P. (ed). Écosse des Lumières: le XVIIIe siècle autrement. Université Stendhal, Grenoble, 1997.

Motz, W. Die Konstruktion von Identität im schottischen Roman während der Ära des britischen Konservatismus 1979-1997. (Scottish Studies International, 32). Frankfurt am Main, 2000.
This book takes a close look at Scottish fiction produced during one of the most productive phases of Scotland's cultural and literary history. Including a wide range of contemporary literary and cultural aspects, the author examines the ways in which issues of the time are being discussed in fiction by placing them within a European context. The final part of the study contains a complete bibliography of the Scottish novel 1979-1997.

Nash, Andrew. Kailyard and Scottish Literature. Amsterdam/New York, NY 2007. 268 pp. (Scroll 8) For more than a century, the word 'Kailyard' has been a focal point of Scottish literary and cultural debate. Originally a term of literary criticism, it has come to be used, often pejoratively, across a whole range of academic and popular discourse. Historians, politicians and critics of Scottish film and media have joined literary scholars in using the term to set out a diagnosis of Scottish culture. This is the first comprehensive study of the subject. Andrew Nash traces the origins of the Kailyard diagnosis in the nineteenth Century and considers the critical concerns that gave rise to it. He then provides a füll reassessment of the literature most commonly associated with the term — the fiction of J.M. Barrie, S.R. Crockett and lan Maclaren. Placing this work in more appropriate contexts, he considers the literary, social and religious imperatives that underpinned it and discusses the impact of these writers in the Publishing world.
These chapters are succeeded by detailed analysis of the various ways in which the term has been used in wider discussions of | Scottish literature and culture. Discussing literary criticism, film studies, and political and sociological analyses of Scotland, I Nash shows how Kailyard, as a critical term, helps expose some of the key issues in Scottish cultural debate in the twentieth I   Century, including discussions over national representation, popular culture and the parochialism of Scottish culture

Neveling, N. 'All Fur Coat and Nae Knickers'. Darstellungen der Stadt Edinburgh im Roman. Trier, 2006.
Vol. 24 of Studien zur anglistischen Literatur- und Sprachwissenschaft provides an in-depth look at the topographical as well as socio-cultural development of the city throughout the 17th to 20th centuries, including its formative role played in Scottish literature, identity and history.

Niven, L. / Whittingham, B. (eds.) The Dynamics of Balsa. New Writing Scotland 25. Glasgow, 2007.
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.
The Dynamics of Balsa marks our 25th anniversary with work both light and dark, clean and dirty, straight and twisted, swinging all around from the Shetlands to the Borders, and from Scotland to Australia. Look in, and look out!

O'Hagan, Francis J. The Contribution of the Religious Orders to Education in Glasgow during the Period 1847-1918. Edwin Mellen Press: Lewiston, NY, 2005.

Pfister, L. F. Striving for 'The Whole Duty of Man'. James Legge and the Scottish Protestant Encounter with China. Scottish Studies International, 34). 2 Vols. Frankfurt am Main, 2004.
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.

Pittin-Hédon, Marie-Odile. Alasdair Gray: marges et effets de miroirs. ellug. Editions littéraires et linguistiques de l'ùniversité Stendhal, Grenoble. 372 p. 2004.

Pittock, M. Scottish and Irish Romanticism. Oxford, 2008.
In a challenge to existing accounts of Romanticism, Murray Pittock provides a broad re-reading of British Romanticism. Locating Scottish and Irish Romantic writing in the wider context of the British Isles, he explores the dialogue between national traditions through a detailed consideration of a range of Scottish, Irish, and English writers.
Scottish and Irish Romanticism is the first single-author book to address the main non-English Romanticisms of the British Isles.
Pittock examines in turn the historiography, prejudices, and assumptions of Romantic criticism to date, and how our unexamined prejudices still stand in the way of our understanding of individual traditions and the dialogues between them.

Prunier, C. Anti-Catholic Strategies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland. Scottish Studies International. vol. 35. ed. by H. W. Drescher. Frankfurt am Main, 2004.
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.

Prunier, C. Anti-Catholic Strategies in Eighteenth-Century Scotland. (Scottish Studies International, 35). Frankfurt am Main, 2004.
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.

Sellin, B. (ed.) ÉCOSSE des Highlands. Mythes et réalité. Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique, 2004.
Contents:
Douglas Gifford – Something Rotten in the Highlands: The Fiction of Neil Munro (1864-1930) ; Simon Edwards – Walter Scott: Old Mortality and the Future of Terror ; Gilles Robel – David Hume et le Homère des Hautes-Terres ; Philippe Laplace – La représentation des Highlands par le Crépuscule celtique: idéologie et synecdoque culturelle chez William Sharp / Fiona Macleod ; Morag J. Munro-Landi – Religion and the Highland Church in the Novels of Neil M. Gunn, with special reference to Butcher's Broom and The Serpent ; Bernard Sellin – Robin Jenkins, romancier de l'Argyll ; Camille Manfredi – L'ile ou la dérive de l'utopie rustique: Islanders, Margaret Elphinstone (1994) ; Anne Le Guellec – Représentations croisées des Highlands et de l'Australie dans Moonlite de David Foster ; Gaid Girard – Les Highlands au Festival du film court de Brest: humour et parodie ; Edward J. Cowan – James VI, King of Scots, and the Destruction of the Gàidhealtachd ; Joachim Schwend – The Irish Connection – Cultural Links between Ireland and Scotland ; Clotilde Prunier – La civilisation des Highlands: le fardeau du Lowlander?; Marie-Hélène Thevenot-Totems – La vie des paysans dans les Highlands au début du XVIIIe siècle ; Christian Auer – L'image du Highlander dans la presse d'Inverness pendant les années de famine (1845-1855) ; Jean Berton – Gaélie ou Highlands, mythes et réalité? Ou la géographie indéfiniment torturée par I'Histoire ; Edwige Camp – Les particularismes des Highlands au sein des nouvelles institutions écossaises

Sellin, B. (ed.) Voices from Modern Scotland: Janice Galloway, Alasdair Gray. Centre de Recherche sur les Identités Nationales et I'Interculturalité. 2007.
In the last twenty five years Scottish literature has attracted increasing interest. Many observers would agree that the publication of Lanark by Alasdair Gray in 1981 marked a turning point in the imaginative representation of Scotland. Since that year, many writers have appeared, whose reputation now extends far beyond the limits of Scotland.
The present volume gathers papers given at a conference in Nantes, France, in March 2006, and examines the works of two of the best representatives of the contemporary scene, Janice Galloway and Alasdair Gray, two novelists whose works are so different in many ways but share a similar interest in formal experimentation and voice. The book also includes an interview with Janice Galloway.

Sorensen, D.R. / R.L. Tarr (eds) The Carlyles at Home and Abroad. Hampshire, Burlington, 2004.
The Carlyles at Home and Abroad explores the extensive influence of Thomas Carlyle and Jane Welsh Carlyle in England and Scotland, Europe, and the United States. The contributors explore a wide range of topics, such as aesthetics, history, biography, literature, travel writing, feminism and race. The result is a volume that offers a fresh assessment of the couple as national and international figures. Contributors include K.J. Fielding (“The Late Carlyle”), Ruth apRoberts (“Frederick the Great”), David DeLaura (“Carlyle and the Fine Arts”), David R. Sorensen (“Carlyle and Herzen”), Owen Dudley Edwards (“Carlyle and Ireland”), Alain Jumeau (“Carlyle and France”), Marylu Hill (“Carlyle's Early History”), Ronald Wendling (“Carlyle and Coleridge”), Cairns Craig (“Carlyle and Symbolism”), Brent Kinser (“Carlyle and Mark Twain”), Andrew Taylor (“Carlyle and the James Family”), Chris R. Vanden Bossche (“Carlyle and Race”), Vanessa D. Dickerson ('The Negro Question'), Sheila McIntosh (“Carlyle and Aristocracy”), Rosemary Ashton (“The Carlyles' German Courtship”), Ian Campbell (“Jane Welsh Carlyle and Geraldine Jewsbury”), Rodger L. Tarr (“Jane Welsh Carlyle and Psycho-Feminism”), Aileen Christianson (“Jane Welsh Carlyle's TravelJ Narratives”), Norma Clarke (“Jane Welsh Carlyle and Rousseau”), Kathy Chamberlain (“Jane Welsh Carlyle's Fiction”) and Mark Engel (“Collating Carlyle Editions”).

Stevenson, R. L. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. ed. Richard Dury. The Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. The Centenary Edition. Edinburgh, 2004.
This new edition contains a substantial introduction, with the story of composition (amid difficulties), first publication and early reception, followed by a survey of the main critical interpretations of this much-discussed work, a brief study of its language, and an overview of the most important derivative works: stage plays, films, comic books, graphic novels, and retellings of various kinds.

Studia Celtica Fennica III. Yearbook of the Finnish Society for Celtic Studies. No. III, 2006.

Studia Celtica Fennica IV. Yearbook of the Finnish Society for Celtic Studies. NO. IV, 2007.

Sultana, D. From Abbotsford to Paris and Back. Sir Walter Scott's Journey of 1815. Dover, 1993.
This first fully comprehensive and independent study of Sir Walter Scott's memorable journey to Flanders and Paris in 1815, shortly after the Battle of Waterloo, is based on an analysis of Scott's travel book, Paul's Letters to his Kinsfolk, a fascinating mirror of his genial personality and extraordinarily wide interests.
Supplemented by his own letters and poems, as well as by the journals of his contemporaries, some previously unknown or only superficially treated, the narrative recreates both the scenes of war and peace evident in Europe after the battle and the brilliant circle of international personalities with whom Scott mixed in Paris.
The book is thoroughly documented and attractively illustrated. An extensive index provides quick access to the wealth of persons, places, and topics treated in the text, appendices, and notes and references. Of value to historians' studying national and international affairs of the nineteenth century, the book will appeal equally to those with an interest in the literature and social culture of that period.

The Carlyle Society. Papers – Session 2006-2007. New Series No. 19. Edinburgh, 2006.
Sheila McIntosh: “Firing with Frederick, called the Great.” - Liz Sutherland: “Jane Welsh Carlyle and her Gentleman Callers.” - Malcolm Ingram: “John Aitken Carlyle. Travelling Physician.” - Paul E. Kerry: ’the fields ... are white already to harvest’. Thomas Carlyle the Historian (Thomas Green Lecture)”.

The Carlyle Society. Papers – Session 2007-2008. New Series No. 20. Edinburgh, 2007.
Maurice Milne: “The ‘dark expounder’ and the “’melodious voice’. Thomas Carlyle and Elizabeth Gaskell on Chartism” - Maurice Milne: “Chartism's Reception. Carlyle's Politics” - Malcolm Ingram: “The Carlyles and the Fraser Crim. Con., 1844”

Vivies, J. (ed). James Boswell Etat de la Corse. Edition Critique. Presentation, Traduction et Notes. Paris, 1992.

Walker, M. Scottish Literature Since 1707. London, New York, 1996.
The year 1707 marked a new beginning for Scotland: it was the year in which Great Britain was formed by the union of the Scottish and English parliaments. Marshall Walker's penetrating and accessible discussion of Scottish literature from this crucial date to the present addresses the main themes of democracy, power and nationhood. Disposing of stereotypical ideas about Scotland and the Scots, this fresh approach to Scottish literature offers a critical interpretation of its distinctive idioms and a provocative introduction to Scottish culture. Scottish Literature Since 1707 is the story of an energetic culture, rich in strong characters, whose writing is often highly politicized. It covers the Scottish enlightenment and the world of Adam Smith and David Hume, and the 'Scottish Renaissance' associated with Hugh MacDiarmid. Developments in the contemporary literary scene include John McGrath's Scottish 7:84 Theatre Company, the poetry of Sorley MacLean, Iain Crichton Smith, Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan and Tom Leonard, and the fiction of Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Iain Banks. Particular attention is paid to the work of Scottish women writers from Jean Elliott and Joanna Baillie to Margaret Oliphant, Catherine Carswell, Muriel Spark, Liz Lochhead and Janice Galloway.
This book has been written for both students and general readers. The use of critical jargon has been rejected in favour of preserving the narrative qualities of the book; and, to bring out the continuing vitality of the Scottish literary tradition, the texts are considered in relation to world literature and popular culture. There is a comprehensive bibliography and the chronology, unique to this series, juxtaposes literary, cultural, social and historical events.

Weißenberger, R. The Search for a National Identity in the Scottish Literary Tradition and the Use of Language in Irvine Welsh's “Trainspotting”. Taunusstein, 2006.
The Scots language has been seen in combination with political independence and as one means to achieve this independence. The revolution in the literary sense was supposed to act as a forerunner of the revolution in the “real” political sense. Literary independence for Scots has been achieved, but it has become clear that there is no such simple link between linguistic and political nationalism in Scotland.
Ricarda Weissenberger traces the development of Scottish literature, pointing out the roots of the Scottish literary Renaissance andits initiator, Hugh MacDiarmid. It was the Renaissance writers' intention and their use of language which counts as the crucial connection to today's writers. Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting is taken as one example of modern Scottish fiction, its importance in the context of the Scottish literary tradition being shown by help of linguistic and thematic analysis.

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[1] Edited by Ian Campbell, Aileen Christianson, Brent Kinser, Jane Roberts, David Sorensen, Liz Sutherland and Jonathan Wild: vol. 35 (January-October 1859) published Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2007 with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Endowment for the Humanities and the British Academy.  Many other scholars (many of them active members of the Carlyle Society) have been involved in previous volumes, the first of them the late Charles Richard Sanders, whose first work on the edition dated back to 1960.

[2] For details see “The Other Carlyle Society”, University of Edinburgh Journal XXVII, 2 (December, 1975), 114-8.

[3] For details see “Carlyle in Cheyne Row” in Writers at Home ed. G. Jackson-Stopes (London, Trefoil, 1985), 61-75. And Carlyle Annual 12 (New York, Queens College Press, 1992); (contrib.)   “Carlyle House”, 65-90.

[4] For details see ed E.W.Marrs,. Letters of Carlyle to his Brothe Alexandrr. (Belknap, Harvard U.P., 1968)

 

[5] The catalogue of the Sotheby’s sale in 1932 is a fascinating record: see also Carlyle Annual 12 (note 3) for details.

[6] Professor Grierson’s Carlyle and Hitler gained much publicity: Cambridge University Press, 1933 was the book-length expansion.

 

[7] “Jane Welsh Carlyle, Biography and Biographers”