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Re-Visioning Scotland

New Readings of the Cultural Canon


Lyndsay Lunan, Kirsty A. Macdonald and Carla Sassi

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.
Contents: Carla Sassi: Foreword – Lyndsay Lunan/Kirsty A. Macdonald: Introduction: Vision and Re-Vision – Churnjeet Mahn: Romantic Horizons: Fact and Fiction in the Guidebook to Scotland – Lyndsay Lunan: National Myths and Literary Icons: The Uses of Scott and Burns in Scottish Literature – Gioia Angeletti: Scottish Women Playwrights: Gender and Performativity in Romantic Theatre – Andrew Monnickendam: The Price of Victory: Christian Isobel Johnstone on War and Nationalism – Carla Sassi: A Quest for a (Geo)Poetics of Relation: Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain – Monica Germanà : In and Outside Post-Devolution Scotland: Scottish National Identity and Contemporary Women Writers – Christopher Cairney: Gaelic Borderlines and Borderlands in the New Cultural Geography of Scotland – Gordon Millar: Do The Member and Miss Marjoribanks Have a Place in a Canon of Scottish Literature? – Rubén Valdés Miyares: Generating the Scottish Literary Renaissance: The Idea of Generation and the Scottish Writers of the 1930s – Kirsty A. Macdonald: Seeing Simultaneously from Above and Below: The Refusal of the «Real» in Late Twentieth-Century Scottish Fiction – Niall O’Gallagher: Coercion and Collaboration in Two Imperial Allegories by Alasdair Gray: «Five Letters From An Eastern Empire» and the «Axletree» Stories.