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International Companions to Scottish Literature

The International Companion to

Edited by Nicola Royan

Published in: Paperback, 394 pages.
By: Scottish Literature International,
December 2018
Price: £19.95 | €22.95 | USA $24.95
ISBN 9781908980236

Between 1400 and 1650 Scotland underwent a series of drastic changes, in court, culture, and religion. Renaissance and Reformation, the Union of the Crowns, and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms all shaped the nation, shifting and recasting Scotland’s established relationships with Europe, the Mediterranean world, and with England. This International Companion traces the impact of these sweeping historical transformations on Scotland’s literatures, in English, Gaelic, Latin and Scots, and provides a comprehensive overview to the major cultural developments of this turbulent age.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Series Editors’ Preface
  • Introduction: Literatures of the Stewart Kingdom (Nicola Royan)
Part 1: Language and Transmission
  • The Languages of Scotland (Sara Pons-Sanz and Aonghas MacCoinnich)
  • The Transmission of Older Scots Literature (Sally Mapstone)
Part 2: Culture and Identity
  • Expressions of Faith: Religious Writing (Sìm Innes and Steven Reid)
  • The Purposes of Literature (William Gillies and Kate McClune)
  • Historiography in Highlands and Lowlands (Ulrike Hogg and Martin MacGregor)
Part 3: Genre and Approach
  • Lyric (Mícheál B. Ó Mainnín and Nicola Royan)
  • Chivalric Literature (Rhiannon Purdie and Katie Stevenson)
  • Elegy and Commemorative Writing (Joanna Martin and Kate L. Mathis)
  • Satire (Tricia A. McElroy and Nicole Meier)
  • Performance (John J. McGavin and Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart)
  • Translation (Kaarina Hollo and Thomas Rutledge)
  • Endnotes
  • Further Reading
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index


Cover image: Painted replica, Stirling Head number 14, in the Kings Presence Chamber as part of the Stirling Palace Project at Stirling Castle. © Crown Copyright HES


Last updated 21 January 2019.