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Literature and Oatmeal
What Literature Has Meant to Scotland

ISBN 9781032074719
Published October 13, 2021 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1935, this book’s author was both a nationalist and internationalist who believed that these positions were complementary, not in conflict with each other. This concise volume doesn’t merely discuss the significance of literature in Scottish history but also charts that literary heritage. Examining native and foreign influences from Ireland and Scandinavia, the book also examines the role literature has played in the formation of the national identity of Scotland.

Table of Contents

1. Does Literature Mean Anything to Scotland? 2. The Gaelic Centuries 3. ‘Back to Dunbar’ 4. A Blank Century and the Ballads 5. The Forerunners of Burns 6. The ‘Age of Reason’ 7. The Romantic Era: The Scot as Novelist 8. The Years Between 9. The Scot as World Prophet: Thomas Carlyle 10. The Dawn Returns: Lang, Stevenson, The Kailyard and Munro 11. The Modern Revival: The Literary ‘Idea’ of Scotland.

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William Power


'... a landmark in Scottish urban history.' Robert E. Tyson, University of Aberdeen