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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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Inspiring Views from “a’ the airts”: Intriguing Foci on Current and Future Research (Klaus Peter Müller / Ron Walker)


Klaus Peter Müller / Ron Walker (Mainz / Germersheim)

Inspiring Views from “a’ the airts”: Intriguing Foci on Current and Future Research

The further internationalising and diversifying of the field of Scottish Literature were among the avowed aims of the Glasgow Congress and reflected in the varied composition of the panels and papers presented. With sessions ranging across topics as widely and intriguingly varied as “Scottish Literature and Translation”, “Gaelic at Home and Abroad”, “Scottish Science”, “Archipelagic Approaches to Scottish Literatures”, “Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Scottish Drama and Theatre”, “Scottish Literature and the Medical Humanities”, “Scottish Literature, Architecture and Urbanism”, “Scottish Children’s Literature” and many more, the First World Congress of Scottish Literatures covered a great deal of stimulating ground in its allotted space of a mere four days and set an ambitious standard for all future manifestations to live up to.

The familiar names in Scottish literature, such as Robert Burns, Walter Scott, James Hogg, Hugh MacDiarmid, Alasdair Gray, and James Kelman found their places in the programme, but so too did a number of writers likely to be less well known, and who certainly have been paid less critical and scholarly attention in the field of Scottish Studies. First World War poets such as Joseph Lee and Roderick Watson Kerr, or New Scottish writers from ethnic minority backgrounds, Leila Aboulela, Nasim Marie Jafry, and Suhayl Saadi are examples included here. And even where the panels were dedicated to much-discussed and written...

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