Journal Cover Scottish Literary Review
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     ISSN (Print) 1756-5634 - ISSN (Online) 2050-6678
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  • Dr Kenneth Simpson 1943–2013
    • Abstract: <p>By Patrick Scott</p> Kenneth Simpson played a role in the modern development of Scottish literary studies that was both representative and also distinctive. Born in Kilwinning, and educated at Ardrossan Academy and the University of Glasgow, Ken had trained initially to teach at the secondary level, and joined the recently created Strathclyde English department in 1969, aged twenty-six. Many new lecturers then were only a few years older than their students, and neither the PhD nor a publication record was expected for a first appointment. He would spend the next thirty plus years at Strathclyde, beginning his career in the optimistic, teaching-centred university of post-Robbins expansion, and working through the grim overloaded ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Simpson, Kenneth,
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • Professor G. Ross Roy 1924–2013
    • Abstract: <p>By Ronnie Young</p> Ross Roy, distinguished Burns scholar, editor, and collector, died peacefully on 19th February 2013 at his home. Ross was a pioneer in Scottish literary studies and did much to define the field throughout the later part of the twentieth century. With his passing, Scottish Literature has lost one of its most ardent supporters and celebrated personalities. Ross was born in Montreal, on 20 August 1924. After seeing service during World War II in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he completed his education at Concordia University, from which he graduated BA, before studying for his Master of Arts at Montreal. He also gained the maîtrise from the University of Strasbourg and doctorates from Montreal and the ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Roy, G. Ross
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • A Note on Walter Scott & Irish Literature
    • Abstract: <p>By Lindsay Levy</p> One of the many important discoveries made during the re-cataloguing of Scott’s Library at Abbotsford undertaken between 2003 and 2013 is an item entitled Poems translated from the Irish into the English, by Charles Henry Wilson (c. 1756–1808), published in Dublin in 1782. This little known item is the first published work to contain Irish verse with English translations.1 Scott received the fifty-page quarto volume in 1809 in a loan from the Irish antiquarian Joseph Cooper Walker (1761–1810). Although it lacked both title page and final leaf, Cooper Walker had added the missing text of the final page on a folded leaf bound in at the rear of the volume; he also supplied a title, ‘Tales Translated from ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scott, Walter,
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • Professor Susan Manning 1953–2013
    • Abstract: <p>By Penny Fielding</p> The unexpected death of Professor Susan Manning in January 2013 has left a great gap in literary studies and the field of Scottish Literary Studies has lost one of its most brilliant and inspirational thinkers – a great friend to colleagues, students and scholars around the world. Scottish by birth, Susan grew up in Oxfordshire before starting her immensely distinguished academic career at the University of Cambridge. After her PhD, she took up a fellowship at Newnham College, where she wrote her first book, The Puritan–Provincial Vision (Cambridge UP, 1990). This groundbreaking work was the first to allow a full understanding of the relation between Scottish Calvinism and American Puritanism – the start of a ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Manning, Susan,
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • ‘I may perhaps have said this’: Samuel Johnson and Newhailes
    • Abstract: <p>By Robert L. Betteridge</p> One rarely reads anything concerning the library of Newhailes at Musselburgh, just east of Edinburgh, without the accompanying suggestion that Samuel Johnson once described it as ‘the most learned drawing-room in Europe’. Gordon Jarvie in TES, Magnus Linklater in Scotland on Sunday, Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd in Great Houses of Scotland, Peter H. Reid in ‘The Decline and Fall of the British Country House Library’, Mark Towsey in Reading the Scottish Enlightenment, and numerous web pages all use Johnson’s opinion as a mark of the quality of the collection.1 Ian Gow uses the phrase as the title of his paper in Visions of Scotland’s Past, but is more circumspect and includes a question mark at the end: pointing out ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Private libraries
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • Invisible Ink: Links and Continuities in Douglas Dunn’s Oeuvre
    • Abstract: <p>By Attila Dósa</p> Dunn’s latest poetry collection, Invisible Ink (henceforth: II), appeared in 2011 at Mariscat Press. The pamphlet contains fourteen new poems on thirty-two pages. It is hard to say whether this short collection is the harbinger of a new full volume which might take his work into a new direction or a re-working of earlier books, especially The Year’s Afternoon. It is clearly visible, though, that Dunn revisits and continues a number of the themes and issues, and people and places he has written about before. The links and continuities are unmistakably marked in the opening poem, ‘Idleness’, which continues the theme of private (but unelected and hence increasingly disagreeable) seclusion from ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: English poetry
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • Changing Perspectives: Translations of Scottish Twentieth-Century Poetry
           into German
    • Abstract: <p>By Susanne Hagemann</p> How do perspectives on Scotland change in translation, and how are they changed by translators' To answer this question, I shall begin by briefly examining the general role of perspectivity and perspective change in translation, and then proceed to explore the way in which they affect issues of language and culture in translations of Scottish twentieth-century poetry into German. My examples will be taken from Iain Galbraith’s 2011 volume Beredter Norden (‘Eloquent North’), a 543-page en-face anthology that includes poems by sixty-six poets from John Davidson to Jen Hadfield.1 Among the few anthologies of Scottish poetry available in German, this is by far the most voluminous and, arguably, the most sophisticated. ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scottish poetry
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • Montrose and Modern Memory: the literary after-life of the first marquis
           of Montrose
    • Abstract: <p>By Catriona M. M. MacDonald</p> Instead of the monuments in stone, the festivals, and the commercialisation that commemorated and exploited the contributions of William Wallace, Robert Burns and others to the grand narratives of Scotland’s history, it was the written word that was the principal means by which the legacy of the first marquis of Montrose (1612–1650) was carried across the centuries.2 The association of Montrose with literature goes beyond the few lines of poetry he penned during his lifetime.3 It also goes beyond his writings related to political philosophy, be they his sole composition or the voice of Lord Napier, as it were, speaking through him.4 Further, it is far more complex than the hagiography offered by George Wishart ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scotland
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • Angels, Dancers, Mermaids: The Hidden History of Peckham in Muriel
           Spark’s The Ballad of Peckham Rye
    • Abstract: <p>By Jan Gorak</p> Sandwiched between two of Muriel Spark’s major Catholic works, Memento Mori (1959) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960) has attracted considerable critical commentary but little agreement about why Spark foregrounds such an insipid milieu. Edinburgh’s dual legacy as scientific centre and site of theological conflict shapes Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, while Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net shakes philosophical capital from the bohemian mobility of West London. But what imaginative possibilities does a drab South London dormitory suburb offer Spark' With its interchangeable coffee bars, dance halls, and burger joints, Peckham seems to be the quintessential ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: London (England)
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
  • Editorial
    • Abstract: <p>By Gerard Carruthers</p> SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW is the leading international print journal for Scottish literary studies, committed to approaching Scottish literature in an expansive way through exploration of its various social, cultural, historical and philosophical contexts, and of literary forms, both traditional and new. We are interested in comparative work with literatures from beyond Scotland, the interaction of literature with expressive media such as theatre and film, and in encouraging debate on issues of contemporary significance related to Scottish literary studies, so that SLR is both responsive to, and creative of, new readings and approaches. The journal is listed in the MLA International Bibliography and from 2013 ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2014-06-28T00:00:00-05:00
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