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A Companion to Scottish Literature offers fresh readings of major authors and periods of Scottish literary production from the first millennium to the present. Bringing together contributions by many of the world’s leading experts in the field, this comprehensive resource provides the historical background of Scottish literature, highlights new critical approaches, and explores wider cultural and institutional contexts.

Dealing with texts in the languages of Scots, English, and Gaelic, the Companion offers modern perspectives on the historical milieux, thematic contexts and canonical writers of Scottish literature. Original essays apply the most up-to-date critical and scholarly analyses to a uniquely wide range of topics, such as Gaelic literature, national and diasporic writing, children’s literature, Scottish drama and theatre, gender and sexuality, and women’s writing. Critical readings examine William Dunbar, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark and Carol Ann Duffy, amongst others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Scottish Literature
EditorsGerard Carruthers
Place of PublicationHoboken
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781119651444, 1119651441
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2024


  • Scottish literature
  • disapora
  • Burns supper
  • book trade
  • empire
  • colonisation
  • homecoming


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