The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Women's Writing
Explores women's writing in Scotland across a range of periods and genres.
From early modern to contemporary writing, these 15 essays examine women's engagement with different areas of literary production and discuss the implications of their literary output for our wider understanding of Scottish literature. The contributors consider the ways in which women writers worked with 'feminine' arenas such as spirituality, oral culture, domestic fiction and the 'private' writing of letters and diaries, as well as with the traditionally 'masculine' areas of Enlightenment culture and the periodical press. They offer insights into women's role within Gaelic culture, women's negotiations of space, place and national identities and their appropriations of specific forms, such as supernatural, detective and historical fiction. They also provide analysis of writing by Margaret Oliphant, Janet Hamilton, Marion Angus, Catherine Carswell, Naomi Mitchison, Dorothy Dunnett, Denise Mina, A.L. Kennedy, Ali Smith, Liz Lochhead and Kathleen Jamie amongst others.
Glenda Norquay is Professor of Scottish Literary Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Her books include Robert Louis Stevenson and Theories of Reading and the edited collection Across the Margins (with Gerry Smyth).
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CHAPTER ONE Spirituality
CHAPTER TWO Gaelic Poetry and Song
CHAPTER THREE Orality and the Ballad Tradition
CHAPTER FOUR Enlightenment Culture
CHAPTER FIVE Domestic Fiction
Workingclass Memoirist and Commentator
CHAPTER SEVEN Private Writing
CHAPTER ELEVEN Writing Spaces
CHAPTER TWELVE Experiment and Nation in the 1960s
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Genre Fiction
CHAPTER FOURTEEN TwentiethCentury Poetry
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Contemporary Fiction
Notes on Contributors