The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-12-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Scotland's rich literary tradition is a product of its unique culture and landscape, as well as of its long history of inclusion and resistance to the United Kingdom. Scottish literature includes masterpieces in three languages – English, Scots and Gaelic – and global perspectives from the diaspora of Scots all over the world. This Companion offers a unique introduction, guide and reference work for students and readers of Scottish literature from the pre-medieval period to the post-devolution present. Essays focus on key periods and movements (the Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish Romanticism, the Scottish Renaissance), genres (the historical novel, Scottish Gothic, 'Tartan Noir') and major authors (Burns, Scott, Stevenson, MacDiarmid and Spark). A chronology and guides to further reading in each chapter make this an ideal overview of a national literature that continues to develop its own distinctive style.

Table of Contents

Scottish literature before Scottish literature
The Medieval period
Reformation and Renaissance
The aftermath of Union
Robert Burns
Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Scottish Canon: cosmopolites or narrow nationalists?
Scott and the historical novel
The Gaelic tradition
Scottish Gothic
Victorian Scottish literature
Robert Louis Stevenson
Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Renaissance
Popular fiction: detective novels and thrillers from Holmes to Rebus
Muriel Spark
The Glasgow novel
'What is the language using us for?': Modern Scottish poetry
The emergence of Scottish studies
Otherworlds: devolution and the Scottish novel
Scottish literature in diaspora
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