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The Role of Medieval Scottish Poetry in Creating Scottish Identity

Textual Nationalism

By (author) Stefan Thomas Hall
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 2007
ISBN-10: 0773456503
ISBN-13: 9780773456501
Barcode No: 9780773456501
Synopsis
This book studies medieval Scottish literature in light of theories on national identity, exploring how notions of ethnicity, language, class, kingship, history, folklore, and writing influence the ways Scots identify themselves. With chapters devoted to John Barbour's "Bruce", Sir Richard Holland's "Buke of the Howlat", and Blind Hary's "Wallace", Scottish identity is seen as a textual construction, the product of medieval writers' tales of Scottish heroes such as Bruce, Douglas, and Wallace.

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"... this micro-literary history of medieval Scottish nationalism is sure to become a standard work in late medieval studies and deserves to be widely known among scholars of nationhood and post-colonialism..." - Professor Nick Haydock, University of Puerto Rico"