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   ISSN (Print) 1756-5634 - ISSN (Online) 2050-6678
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  • The International Writers’ Conference Revisited: Edinburgh, 1962
           Edited by Angela Bartie and Eleanor Bell
    • Abstract: <p>By Chris Gair</p> Henry Miller, addressing the opening day of the International Writers’ Conference held in Edinburgh in late August 1962, startled his audience by confessing that the primary reason for his visit to the city had been to view the works of contemporary Scottish painters on display in the Royal Academy. Continuing, he announced that he wished ‘to God [that] at the Conference we would talk about painting rather than the novel which I think is already dead approximately a hundred years; … we are beating a dead horse here and I hope that something else will come up at the conference, music, painting, dancing … to get us really stimulated.’ He finished his brief intervention with the brusque observation, ‘You must be ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Scottish Sixties: Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? Edited by
           Eleanor Bell and Linda Gunn
    • Abstract: <p>By Andrew Blaikie</p> ‘The Sixties’ perpetuate impressions of a mythical time populated by catalytic figures in iconic places producing an atmosphere of intoxication and liberation. Behind this broad perception lies the suggestion that the reality was rather more constrained. Yet if most Cockneys could tell you that Swinging London was the louche preserve of a Carnaby Street few, the present volume sets out to dispel the historical orthodoxy that Scotland was bypassed by the seismic upheavals going on elsewhere. ‘On the contrary’, claims Eleanor Bell, the various contributions draw attention to how ‘Scottish culture was changed irrevocably by this decade’ (p. 14).So, did a Scottish Spring blossom? Addressing this question means ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scottish literature
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • Thomas Crawford 1920–2014
    • Abstract: <p>By J. Derrick McClure</p> Thomas (Tom) Crawford is a key figure in the recent history of Scottish literary studies. As scholar, critic, editor and indefatigable campaigner, he contributed materially to the goal of obtaining for Scottish literature the place it deserves in the academic world; and as a dedicated and inspiring teacher he aroused the interest of a whole generation of students, several of whom have gone on to make their own impressions on the field.His education was at Dunfermline High School and Edinburgh University, and his first long-term teaching post was in the English department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He stayed there from 1953 to 1965, progressing from Lecturer through Senior Lecturer to Assistant ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • ‘Two Syllables Only’: Hailes, Mallet and Scottish literary
           anxiety in the age of Enlightenment
    • Abstract: <p>By Mark McLean</p> It is scarcely original to point out that the literati of the Scottish Enlightenment were obsessively anxious to avoid being thought provincial by their English counterparts on account of their distinctively Scottish forms of language and speech. The compiling and sharing amongst Scottish men of letters of lists of ‘Scotticisms’ — usages strictly to be excised to avoid the censure of English critics – is one obvious symptom of this anxiety. But as much as the Scots banded together to confront this prejudice, and although the importance of the notion of the cultivation both of individual character and improving social intercourse among them has rightly been emphasised in recent scholarship,1 their anxiety to ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scots language
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • ‘[You can’t kill me]’: Scottish Identity and the
           Anglo-Scottish Union in David Greig’s Dunsinane
    • Abstract: <p>By Sila Şenlen Güvenç</p> Shakespeare, composing ‘English’ plays in the Elizabethan Period, extended this to include works dealing with the matter of Britain as a whole, especially after the Union of the Crowns of 1603 under the kingship of the playwright’s new patron James VI of Scotland or James I of England. Plays such as King Lear and Macbeth, composed in the Jacobean Period, focus on the relationship between the ‘constituent elements of James’ multiple kingdom’ and his project ‘to forge from four nations a single imperial vision and a united polity’.1 In particular, Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish play’ Macbeth (1605–6) deals with a critical point in Scottish history, its ‘Anglicisation’ and ‘de-Gaelicisation2 in the eleventh century. In the ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scotland
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • Politics and Art: James Kelman’s Not Not While the Giro
    • Abstract: <p>By Richard Lansdown</p> ‘As a young writer’, James Kelman recalled, ‘there were no literary models I could look to from my own culture … I’m not saying these models didn’t exist. But if they did then I couldn’t find them.’1 So he was drawn to Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway; to Camus; and in particular to Modernists like Joyce, Beckett, and Kafka, whose influence on his work are apparent to any reader. Like Joyce, Kelman is drawn to interior monologue. Like Beckett, he depicts isolated figures in various stages of ‘bodily decrepitude’,2 whose speech is littered with those ‘auto-cancellations’ Beckett frequently employs (‘I can’t go on, I’ll go on’),3 and he shares Beckett’s appetite for the ‘mock-ceremonious’ prose register, too.4 ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Politics and literature
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • Peatland and the Ulster-Scottish Culture of North-East Ireland in Thomas
           Beggs’s Rathlin
    • Abstract: <p>By David Gray</p> This essay will chiefly examine Thomas Beggs’s long poem Rathlin (1820), which was written following a walking tour of North Antrim in 1819.2 Thomas Beggs (1789–1847) was born at Glenwherry, in the Glens of Antrim, and was the son of a small farmer of Scottish descent.3 Beggs was part of several key Ulster-Scots literary networks and coteries in the north of Ireland, during the Romantic era.4 Beggs was a cousin and confidant of the labouring-class poet James Orr, he subscribed to poetry collections by James Campbell, John Dickey, and John McKinley, and he was a member of the petite bourgeois Four Towns Book Club, in South Antrim, which included other poetic contemporaries such as Samuel Thomson, Luke Mullan, and ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Ulster (Northern Ireland and Ireland)
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • Scottish Literary Review
    • Abstract: <p>By Gerard Carruthers</p> SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW is the leading international 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 onwards is ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • James Morison, Book Illustration and The Poems of Robert Burns (1812)
    • Abstract: <p>By Sandro Jung</p> Featuring an extensive number of critical paratexts, including copperengraved illustrations, the two-volume edition of the Poems of Robert Burns published by the ‘Trustees of the late James Morison’ in early 1812 represents an ambitious Scottish venture to rival Robert Cromek’s Reliques of Robert Burns (1809) but has, surprisingly, been neglected by both Burns scholars and historians of the Scottish illustrated book. Textual paraphernalia that surround a text commonly classified as primary, paratexts serve to make this text present. According to Gérard Genette, they ‘ensure the text’s presence in the world, its ‘reception’ and consumption’.1 In addition to complementing and reinforcing the meaning(s) of a text ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Illustration of books
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
  • Translation, Power and Gender in Thomas Hudson’s Historie of Judith
    • Abstract: <p>By Sergi Mainer</p> During his Scottish reign, James VI was actively involved in the creation and promotion of literature both in Scots and in translation. Aware of the asymmetrical cultural interchanges between Scots and the dominant languages of the time, Latin and vernacular French and Italian, James’s aim was to internationalise Scottish culture and political influence on Europe.1 His rhetorical treatise Reulis and Cautelis attempted to codify the ideology of cultural production whereas his patronage encouraged his courtiers to follow his literary rules.2 Even if the members of his coterie also felt free to depart from his guidelines, as most patrons, James purported to standardise and control the relationships between the ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Women and literature
      PubDate: 2014-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
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