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Literature, Letters and Canonical

Literature, Letters and the Canonical in Early Modern Scotland
Edited by Nicola Royan and Theo van Heijnsbergen

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Subject: Scottish Literature
Royal octavo 250pp
ISBN: 1 86232 270 8
July 2002
Paperback 20

Covers a wide range of primary texts and issues

Provides links across different disciplines and areas of research, including late-medieval and early-modern; Gaelic historiography; literary criticism; feminist readings; Franco-Scottish connections; history of education and European Renaissance drama

Written by specialists from North America, Australia, England, Scotland and Continental Europe, the papers in this collection offer new perspectives on Scottish early-modern literature and letters that invite the revision and expansion of previous selections of critical choices. They introduce less familiar writers and texts, investigating contexts and interrogating continuities of time, genre and culture. Moving across traditional disciplinary boundaries, they relate literature to the world of letters and the late-medieval to the Enlightenment, laying bare the outline of complex literary and cultural patterns that link courtly to popular, Gaelic to Lowland, Scotland to England as well as Continental Europe. The collection thus becomes more than the sum of its parts and assumes conceptual importance, demonstrating that a view from the edge can be as informative and stimulating as one from an imagined centre.

Editors: Nicola Royan is Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Nottingham. Theo van Heijnsbergen is Lecturer in Medieval and Early-Modern Literature in the Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.