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Inspiring Views from «a' the airts» on Scottish Literatures, Art and Cinema

The First World Congress of Scottish Literatures in Glasgow 2014


Klaus Peter Müller, Ilka Schwittlinsky and Ron Walker

Where do Scottish literatures, art, and cinema stand today? What and how do Scottish Studies investigate? Creative writers and scholars give answers to these questions and address vital concerns in Scottish, British, and European history from the Union debate and the Enlightenment to Brexit, ethnic questions, and Scottish film. They present new insights on James Macpherson, Robert Burns, John Galt, J. M. Barrie, Walter Scott, James Robertson, war poetry, new Scottish writing, and nature writing. The contributions highlight old and new networking and media as well as the persistent influences of the past on the present, analyzing a wide range of texts, media and art forms with approaches from literary, cultural, media, theatre, history, political, and philosophical studies.

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Gerard Carruthers is Francis Hutcheson Professor in the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow, Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow. His publications include: with Liam McIlvanny (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature, Cambridge: CUP 2012; with David Goldie & Alastair Renfrew (eds.), Scotland and the Nineteenth Century World, Amsterdam: Rodopi 2012; (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Burns, Edinburgh: EUP 2009; and Scottish Literature, A Critical Guide, Edinburgh: EUP 2009. He is General Editor of the Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns (2014) and is currently writing a monograph, Robert Burns: Patronage and the People which deals further with the confraternal associations of the poet dealt with in the essay in this book.

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John Caughie is Emeritus Professor at Glasgow University and is an Honorary Research Professor of Film & Television Studies. He was Principal Investigator on a three-year project, ‘Early Scottish Cinema, 1896–1927’, funded by an AHRC Research Grant, 2012–2015. He was a member of the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2005–2010, and was Chair of its Research Committee. His books include Theories of Authorship (editor), Television Drama: Realism, Modernism and British Culture (Oxford University Press, 2000), and a short monograph on Troy Kennedy Martin’s Edge of Darkness (British Film Institute, 2007). He was a member of the editorial group of Screen until 2014.

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