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Journal Cover Scottish Literary Review     [SJR: 0.1]   [H-I: 2]
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   ISSN (Print) 1756-5634 - ISSN (Online) 2050-6678
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  • Review Essay: Writers on Scottish Independence
    • Abstract: <p>By Alex Thomson</p> Described by its editor as an attempt 'to stand back from both o/cial campaigns on the independence question' (p.12), Unstated collects twenty-seven contributions by Scottish writers, mostly essays but also two poems, reflecting on the meaning of independence in anticipation of the 2014 referendum. Two of its contributions have already achieved notoriety: Don Paterson's attack on Creative Scotland, published ahead of the rest of the book in the Herald newspaper, having sounded the charge which culminated in the resignation late last year of Andrew Dixon, Head of Creative Scotland; and Alasdair Gray's distinction between settlers and colonists which was headlined by a Scotsman journalist in quest of a stooshie. In ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Authors, Scottish
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • John Burnside's Living Nowhere as Industrial Fiction
    • Abstract: <p>By H. Gustav Klaus</p> Living Nowhere is a richly complex work uniting several interests and mixing different genres. It can be read as a tale of two working-class families in the diaspora, their isolation outside and inside the family nexus casting radical doubts over the contemporary relevance of John Donne's 'No man is an island'.1 It is a story of adolescence, crime and punishment, combining scenes of shocking savagery with a whodunnit element. It is an environmental fiction, depicting in obsessive detail the natural and human costs of an unbridled industrial capitalism, but also probing into one of the most fundamental questions of ecology, the circumstances of our dwelling on earth, contrasting a rootless peripatetic life with a ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scottish fiction
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • Tartan Noir, or, Hard-Boiled Heidegger
    • Abstract: <p>By Matthew Wickman</p> Tartan Noir is the name accorded by James Ellroy to the robust industry of crime fiction that has come of age in Scotland over the past thirty years, and whose exponents include Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Denise Mina and many others. When the reputable novelist William McIlvanney uno/cially inaugurated Tartan Noir with Laidlaw in 1977, he emulated the punchy, hard-boiled pulp that had emerged in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s: 'Milligan came in, a barn door on legs'; 'His mood was a crowd'; 'The room was a permanent hangover'.1 The genius of such phrases, and also their inanity, consists in their reduction of phenomenological complexities (x is y: 'room' is 'hangover') to a set of stock objects, executing a kind ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: McIlvanney, William, 1936-
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • Re-representing Representations in Janice Galloway's Foreign Parts
    • Abstract: <p>By Ewa Szymańska-Sabala</p> In characterising the position of women writers in Scotland, Janice Galloway pointed to a peculiar conflict stemming from being trapped between a national and a female agenda:There is coping with that guilt of taking time off the concerns of national politics to get concerned with the sexual sort: that creeping fear it's somehow self-indulgent to be more concerned for one's womanness instead of one's Scottishness; one's working class heritage or whatever. Guilt here comes from the notion we're not backing up our menfolk and their 'real concerns'.1This diagnosis was made in 1991, when Galloway had already been acknowledged as a prominent author, placed alongside Alasdair Gray and James Kelman. Her debut ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • From Slate to Jupiter: Poetic Patterns of Edwin Morgan's Sonnets from
    • Abstract: <p>By Slawomir Wacior</p> The main aim of this article is to create a poetic map of Edwin Morgan's lyrical sequence entitled Sonnets from Scotland. To achieve this goal is a great challenge as Morgan encrusts his text with diverse intertextual or even intercultural references and creates in this way a sophisticated network of textual links and patterns. Having been a titular professor of literature at the University of Glasgow as well as poet, Morgan is in full control of his rich 'textual tapestries', created with admirable ease and eloquence but without the intellectual bravado often typical of poets in the Academy. His poetry, however, is always humane without discriminating as to gender, race or confession. But is it equally impartial ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scottish poetry
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • 'Luve's arcane delirium': A Reading of Sydney Goodsir
           Smith's Under the Eildon Tree
    • Abstract: <p>By Richie McCaffery</p> The first publication of Sydney Goodsir Smith's Under the Eildon Tree garnered a mixed critical reception in the 13 November 1948 issue of The Times Literary Supplement. The book was said to have a 'direct and passionate lyricism',1 but in the same sentence was also described as possessing a 'rambling and digressive informal manner'. By 1954 the second impression attracted a warmer welcome, and perhaps the most fervent champion of Under the Eildon Tree was Hugh MacDiarmid who wrote that the poem 'will hold a permanent place in our literary annals' as an 'important substantive achievement in the development of our current literary movement'.2 There is, however, a dearth of substantial critical material on Smith's ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • Robert Burns and Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski: A Translatological
           Investigation into the Mystery of 'I dream'd I lay'
    • Abstract: <p>By Krzysztof Fordoński</p> The translatological conundrum the present study attempts to resolve takes us back approximately to 1776 when the seventeen-year-old Robert Burns composed one of his first poems entitled 'I dream'd I lay':Burns himself apparently considered this poem an original work, as he later stated: 'These two stanzas I composed when I was seventeen: they are among the oldest of my printed pieces.'2 It was first published in the second volume of James Johnson's The Scots Musical Museum in 1788.William Scott Douglas3 claims that the poem reflects a fairly gloomy period in Burns's life when the young poet helped his family keep up an unprofitable farm. It can be consequently read as an autobiographical piece — the sunny early ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Burns, Robert, 1759-1796
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • A Note on Sir William Alexander and Edmund Waller
    • Abstract: <p>By David Reid</p> L. E. Kastner and H. B. Charlton include in the second volume of their edition of The Poetical Works of Sir William Alexander a short poem in eight couplets. Their note on page 545 says 'it is taken from a manuscript in NLS'. This is not helpful and I have been unable to find it.1 And yet the poem is too interesting to let drop. In style, it is distinct from Alexander's other work and remarkably close to Edmund Waller's.Kastner and Charlton say, surely correctly, that Alexander's lines were written for the return of Charles, Prince of Wales, from Madrid to London on 6 October, 1623, to the widespread rejoicing of the country at the failure of his and Buckingham's attempt to arrange a marriage with the Infanta. ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Stirling, William Alexander, Earl of, 1567 or 1568-1640
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
  • Scottish Literary Review
    • Abstract: <p>By Margery Palmer McCulloch, Sarah M. Dunnigan</p> Scottish Literary Review (formerly Scottish Studies 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 ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2013-06-25T00:00:00-05:00
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