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Journal Cover Scottish Literary Review
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     ISSN (Print) 1756-5634 - ISSN (Online) 2050-6678
     Published by Project MUSE Homepage  [360 journals]   [SJR: 0.1]   [H-I: 2]
  • Robert Burns & Friends: Essays by W. Ormiston Roy Fellows presented
           to G. Ross Roy ed. by Patrick Scott and Kenneth Simpson
    • Abstract: <p>By Pauline Mackay</p> Robert Burns & Friends is a collection of fourteen essays which examines the poetry, song, lifetime and reception of the Scottish National Bard. The volume was published as a tribute to the distinguished scholar and collector of Robert Burns and Scottish literature, the late Professor G. Ross Roy (1924-2013), shortly before his death on 19 February this year.The volume begins with an eloquent account of G. Ross Roy's impressive career by Kenneth Simpson. Particular attention is paid to Ross Roy's passion for Scottish literature, and to the vital part that he played in promoting scholarship and publication in the field via his forty-five year editorship of Studies in Scottish Literature. Mention is also made of the ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing ed. by Glenda
    • Abstract: <p>By Dorothy McMillan</p> In her Introduction to The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing Glenda Norquay proffers some lapidary images from Mary Brunton, Marion Angus, Kathleen Jamie and Janice Galloway: stones both memorialise and resist and thus work towards 'articulating the dynamic between women, nation and creativity'. The ten pages of explanation and justification which follow are more prosaic: the effects of Devolution and fashions in criticism and gender theory are remarked and the rather cryptic notion of a focus 'on writing rather than individuals or texts' is advanced.Establishing rationales for essay collections is a thankless task and so it's best simply to look at the results. In 'Spirituality', covering ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scottish literature
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment
           to the Romantic Era by Karen McAulay
    • Abstract: <p>By John Purser</p> This is a book of scope and ambition. Its title is, of course, drawn from one of the earlier collections, just in case some reader might imagine that McAulay believes in the ancients. Primarily academic in its approach, with many a footnote, and following as near dispassionate a line as the subject matter can bear, McAulay has provided the reader with something approaching a comprehensive guide to a complex subject. Her writing style is eminently readable, though her scholarship has perhaps inhibited her wit in a subject which offers many opportunities for its exercise.The different attitudes to the gathering, appropriation, dissemination and even invention of 'Scottish song' is itself a study of many a human ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Folk songs, Scots
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature ed. by Gerard Carruthers
           and Liam McIlvanney
    • Abstract: <p>By Robert Irvine</p> The essays contained in this volume provide a broad overview of Scottish literary writing from the earliest times to the present day. It represents an invaluable resource for anyone beginning their exploration of a particular period, author, or genre; but with contributions from many of the leading scholars in their respective fields, it will also reward the more knowledgeable reader with fresh insights and new perspectives.Among the most thought-provoking essays in this collection is the first, Thomas Clancy's on 'Scottish Literature before Scottish Literature'. By effectively placing the origins of Scottish Literature (as this volume understands it) before any identifiable 'national tradition' in Gaelic, Scots ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: English literature
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • George Mackay Brown's Marian Apocrypha: Iconography and Enculturation
           in Time in a Red Coat
    • Abstract: <p>By Linden Bicket</p> Mrs McKee peered into the gloom, and her heart nearly missed a beat, for it was a Roman Catholic church. There were two plaster statues, one against each side wall, and at the feet of the larger one — probably the Virgin Mary — three candles were lighted. A little red flame shone like a ruby at the side of the altar. Along three of the walls ran a sequence of paintings showing the Lord on his way to Calvary. It was all very lurid, Mrs McKee thought, a bit distasteful, like a sideshow at a fair.1To date, there has been no real engagement with Mariology in the writings of George Mackay Brown (1921-96). The 'plaster statues' that Mrs McKee looks at in Brown's first novel, Greenvoe (1972) are indicative of an ancient ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Love Songs and Love Lyrics of Robert Burns and John Clare
    • Abstract: <p>By Adam White</p> Existing studies of Burns and Clare have focused on the 'peasant poet tradition',1 questions about canonicity and reception,2 and the issue of Clare's 'Scottishness'.3 Yet what seems to be missing from the critical landscape is an extended account of how, in Clare's early and asylum periods,4 his love songs and love lyrics creatively follow the poetic precedent of Burns. In the first group of works by Clare that I analyse in this essay the prevailing sentiment is that words cannot sufficiently express the speaker's devotion to a female figure. In another, later group of poems which are the subject of the second half of my argument, Clare's use of a Burnsian vocabulary allows him to consolidate his distinctive ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Love poetry, Scottish
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • 'He is ane Haly Freir': The Freiris of Berwik, The Summoner's
           Tale, and the Tradition of Anti-Fraternal Satire
    • Abstract: <p>By David Salter</p> The anonymous fifteenth-century comic tale, The Freiris of Berwik, opens with a fairly lengthy description of Berwick itself; an account which praises the town for its impressive array of battlements and fortifications, a set of defences which — according to the poet — are rendered all the more impregnable by their dramatic geographical and topographical location at the mouth of the river Tweed.1 This evocation of place is given still further specificity with a list of Berwick's more notable public landmarks and religious buildings: in addition to mentioning the walls and the castle, there are references to the 'grit croce kirk' (the Trinitarian church of the Holy Cross) and the 'Masone Dew' (the Maison Dieu, the ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Verse satire, Scottish
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • From Midden Fecht to Civil War: Drummond of Hawthornden's
    • Abstract: <p>By David Stevenson</p> The reputation of William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585-1649) as a poet has primarily been based on works published between 1613 and the 1630s. His poetry is predominantly lyrical, elegant and formal, frequently concerned with amatory and spiritual subjects, and containing substantial imitations and reworkings of French and Italian originals. Drummond's choice to write in English rather than Scots after the Union of the Crowns in 1603 has made the status of his work (and that of other early seventeenth-century Scottish writers) critically ambiguous; indeed, it has been said that poetry by Scots in this period 'is not Scottish at all'.1 Recently, however, Drummond has been described as Scotland's greatest poet of ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Macaronic poetry
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • Reflections on Staging Sir David Lyndsay's Satire of the Three Estates
           at Linlithgow Palace, June 2013
    • Abstract: <p>By Greg Walker</p> As part of the 'Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court' project, I spent much of the Spring of 2013 preparing for two productions of Sir David Lyndsay's Ane Satire of the Three Estates in Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle.1 The first, and more ambitious, would stage the first professional production of the full text of over 4,600 lines since the 1552 performance in Cupar, Fife, and its reprise in Edinburgh in 1554. The second, more modest production would represent the 'best guess' that scholarship could offer of the 'lost' 1540 interlude played before James V, Mary of Guise, and their court in the great hall of Linlithgow Palace in 1540. This version has long been associated with Lyndsay's ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Lindsay, David, active 1490-1555
      PubDate: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
  • Scottish Literary Review
    • Abstract: <p>By Sarah Dunnigan, Margery Palmer McCulloch, Ian Brown</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: 2013-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
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