Re-Visioning Scotland

New Readings of the Cultural Canon

by Lyndsay Lunan (Volume editor) Kirsty A. Macdonald (Volume editor) Carla Sassi (Volume editor)
Edited Collection XX, 166 Pages


This volume offers new research and thoughtful reflection on the subject of canonicity in Scottish literature, from the Romantic grand narratives of the 18th and 19th century to post-modernist deconstructions of national myths. The essays collected here examine fundamental questions about nationalism and canon formation from a range of critical perspectives and distinct contextualisations: writers discussed include, among others, Robert Burns, Christian Carstairs, Mary Diana Dods, A. L. Kennedy, Janice Galloway, John Gait, Alasdair Gray, Christian Isobel Johnstone, Jean Marshal, Margaret Oliphant, Walter Scott and Nan Shepherd. Re-Visioning Scotland not only contributes to the contemporary, lively national debate about issues of Scottish identity and writing but also offers a rich and fascinating case-study, which will reveal to scholars, even beyond the disciplinary borders of Scottish studies, new and stimulating paths of investigation and understanding.


XX, 166
ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XX, 166 pp.

Biographical notes

Lyndsay Lunan (Volume editor) Kirsty A. Macdonald (Volume editor) Carla Sassi (Volume editor)

The Editors: Lyndsay Lunan completed her Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow (Scotland), where she taught as a Lecturer for three years in the Department of Scottish literature. Her main research interests lie in the field of nineteenth century literature and non-fiction prose writing. Kirsty A. Macdonald is a Lecturer in Scottish Studies with the UHI Millennium Institute, Orkney (Scotland). She graduated with a Ph.D. in Scottish literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently working on a study of representations of the Highlands and Islands in literature and popular culture. She continues to research and publish on Scottish literature and the Gothic. Carla Sassi is Associate Professor of English literature at the University of Verona (Italy). She specialises in Scottish literature and Postcolonial studies, and is a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Scottish Literature, advisory member of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies International Committee and Honorary Patron of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.


Title: Re-Visioning Scotland