Selected Essays on Scottish Language and Literature

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Up-to-date works by renowned figures in the field of Scottish studies, scholars from Scotland, England, Australia, and the U.S. covering the literary traditions of Scotland from the ancient poetry of the Picts to Scots translations of Italian poems in the 20th century.
Essays include: Brett and Pict, Taliesin and Aneirin in Early Scotland (Matthew P. McDiarmid); "The hurt off ane happie the vther makis" - Henryson's Construction of his Audience (Rosemary Greentree & Steven R. McKenna); Prescriptions for Laughter in Some Middle Scots Poems (David Parkinson); William Dunbar - Scottish Goliard (Joanne S. Norman); "Self aboif the sternis styld" - Dunbar, Skelton, and the Beginning of the British Renaissance (James A. McGoldrick); The Political Dimensions of Desire and Sexuality in Poems of the Bannatyne Manuscript (Evelyn S. Newlyn); Janet Douglas and the Witches of Pollock - The Background of Skepticism in Scotland in the 1670s (Richard L. Harris); Dipped in Ink - Catherin Trotter's Olinda's Adventures (Edna L. Steeves); The Cultural Theater - "Being and Seeming" in Gay's Beggar's Opera and Burns' "Jolly Beggars" ( Terryli McMillan Raine); James Currie and the Making of the Burns Myth (Carol McGuirk); Scots Poetic Tradition - Wooing and Marriage in Poems by Ebenezer and Joanna B. Picken (Marilyn Malina); John Galt's Ringan Gilhaize - A Historical Novel (Margaret Elphinstone); Carlyle's Ireland and Ireland's Carlyle (Jules Seigel); William Walker and The Bards of Bon-Accord (A. M. Kinghorn); and Alastair Mackie's Translations from Leopardi (J. Derrick McClure).


"Perhaps the essay of greatest significance is Carol McGuirk's "James Currie and the Making of the Burns Myth," in which she argues that "virtually every moralizing posture and mythic obliquity in the critical heritage originated in the earliest edition of the poet's complete works, compiled by Dr. James Currie between 1796 and 1800 (p.150). However, many of the other essays make important contributions as well. . . . This is a useful volume indeed and an appropriate tribute to Allan MacLaine."-- Studies in Scottish Literature

"All of these essays make a substantial contribution to Scottish medieval scholarship." - Scottish Literary Journal

". . . provide a variety of perspectives on a feast of Scottish authors and genres, well-known to obscure, medieval to modern, and challenge some long-standing critical assumptions in its course. . . . the collection's analyses of primary sources and some of the speculative trends presented herein will prove a boon to women's studies. . . . the essays are well written, abreast of current theoretical trends and grounded in exacting (literary) historical research. In short, the scope of this volume greatly enhances the study of Scottish culture and contains scholarship that will interest a wide variety of readers." Mark A. Sherman

"One is immediately struck by the broad scope of periods and subjects covered here. . . . unusual in that it offers some fresh insights into Scottish literary criticism while being at the same time approachable for non-specialists. . . . the level of disc

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