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SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW is the leading international journal for Scottish literary studies, committed to approaching Scottish literature in an expansive way through exploration of its various social, cultural, historical and philosophical contexts, and of literary forms, both traditional and new. We are interested in comparative work with literatures from beyond Scotland, the interaction of literature with expressive media such as theatre and film, and in encouraging debate on issues of contemporary significance related to Scottish literary studies, so that SLR is both responsive to, and creative of, new readings and approaches. The journal is listed in the MLA International Bibliography and from 2013 onwards is accessible online via Project MUSE.

Editor's Introduction

This issue of Scottish Literary Review features a very welcome treatment of Thomas Hudson, artist-courtier in the circle of James VI. Sergi Mainer's 'Translation, Power and Gender in Thomas Hudson's Historie of Judith' is an exploration of both gender and the European context in late sixteenth-century Scotland. It might be noted that medieval and early modern submissions to SLR are not plentiful. While this editor finds the situation regrettable and would be very pleased to receive more essays in these areas, it may be that the balance of 'Scottish Literature' now lies firmly in the post-1700 period, with earlier Scottish culture seen--to some extent at least--as part of more generic European and British Medieval and Early Modern Studies. In the post-1700 period, this issue features Sandro Jung's 'James Morison, Book Illustration and The Poems of Robert Burns (1812)', which exemplifies not only path-breaking attention to a notable though still too little-known Perth publishing house, but also the way in which Gerard Genette's concept of the 'paratext' is now increasingly being adopted in Scottish book studies. David Gray's treatment of Thomas Beggs's poem, Rathlin (1820) continues a 'trend' of recent years in SLR by paying close attention to 'Ulster-Scots' literature. Richard Lansdown adds a chapter to the criticism of James Kelman, a body of work that is now so extensive as to require from someone in the near future hopefully, a proper bibliography. Sila [section]enlen Giiveng's consideration of David Greig's play, Dunsinane (2010) shows that scholars (and texts, arguably) remain as engaged as ever in the early twenty-first century with issues of Scottish national identity. Our 'Shorter Essays and Notes' section features Mark McLean's "'Two Syllables Only": Hailes, Mallet and Scottish literary anxiety in the age of Enlightenment' which revisits a perennial favourite in Scottish literary studies: the cultural outlook of the Scottish Enlightenment. The journal also carries Derrick McClure's obituary for--and fine tribute to--the late and very much lamented Thomas Crawford (1920-2014).

World Congress of Scottish Literatures and IASSL

The first World Congress of Scottish Literatures, believed to be the largest conference on Scottish Literature ever held, was born of a discussion between Ian Brown, Gerry Carruthers and Murray Pittock at Maynooth in 2010. It was convened by Professor Murray Pittock and Dr Rhona Brown, and took place at the University of Glasgow on 2-5 July 2014, supported by a Congress committee, an international advisory panel, and partner institutions and sponsors including Charles University, Prague, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, UC Berkeley, Guelph, Otago, the Robert Burns World Federation, the Scottish Historical Review Trust, Studies in Scottish Literature, The Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, and the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. The event welcomed almost 250 delegates from all across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia from Brazil to Taiwan and featured panels on Scottish literatures from all periods. Despite the large number of delegates, the Congress was massively oversubscribed, with a waiting list of almost one hundred at the first Call For Papers. It was opened by Professor Murray Pittock (Vice-Principal and Head of GU's College of Arts), Sir Kenneth Caiman (GU Chancellor) and Michael Russell, MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning), and featured keynote lectures by novelist James Robertson, Professor Ann Rigney (Utrecht) and Professor Ted Cowan (GU). In addition to the academic programme, the Congress offered a poetry reading by Liz Lochhead and Jackie Kay (sponsored by ASLS), a musical performance by David Hamilton, Kirsteen McCue and Gilbert MacMillan, a book launch of new works by Murray Pittock and Robert Crawford, a reception at Glasgow's City Chambers and an exhibition at GU's Special Collections. Various new initiatives in Scottish literary studies were also launched at the Congress. As well as facilitating a Postgraduate prize for the best academic paper at the Congress (run by the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature and awarded to Margaret Kolb of the University of California, Berkeley), the Congress was also the launchpad for the new International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures, which aims to provide a hub for Scottish literary research, to enable collaboration and exchange, and to support future World Congresses of Scottish Literatures. We expect the next Congresses to be held in Vancouver in 2017 and Prague in 2020. A collection of papers from the Congress is planned by Peter Muller of the University of Mainz.

You can read more about the Congress here:

You can find out more about the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures and register to be a member here:

Universities Committee for Scottish Literature

The Universities Committee for Scottish Literature has expanded its membership to include as partners, Glasgow School of Art and the University of the West of Scotland. By the time we go to press, the UCSL 'Ross Roy Medal' awarded annually for the best postgraduate research dissertation in Scottish Literary Studies will have been announced at the Saltire Society Awards in November.

John Galt Society

With talks by Professors Colin Kidd and Chris Whatley, The John Galt Society will be launched on Saturday 6 December 2014, Room 107, 7 University Gardens, Glasgow at 10:00 a.m. Anyone interested in joining the society is invited to email Ian McGhee:

ASLS Conference (2016): First Call for Papers--'Literature and Religion'

The Association for Scottish Literary Studies annual conference in 2016 (date to be confirmed, in Glasgow) will be on the theme of 'Literature and Religion in Scotland'. General interest by those potentially willing to give papers is invited in the first instance. Any and all periods and authors of Scottish literature are encouraged as topics, as are any critical, theoretical, comparative or theology-subject approaches.

Please contact: and with initial ideas.

Gerard Carruthers

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