Scottish Writing

Elizabeth Elliott

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Scottish Writing

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This article examines Scottish writing during the medieval period. It explores the tensions at issue in the development of particular models of a Scottish national tradition and their implications for our reading practice. It traces the influence of the history of Scottish literary studies on the modern reception of early literature and examines the ways in which the extended model of the Scottish canon developed in recent criticism troubles received ideas of a national tradition. It also discusses the role of Scottish Chaucerians as makers of the received canon of Scottish literature.

Keywords: Scottish writing; national tradition; Scottish literature; reading practice; Scottish Chaucerians

Article.  9628 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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