Fourteenth to Seventeenth Century
A comprehensive, thought-provoking collection and a significant statement in the field of Shakespeare Studies and archipelagic studies more widely. The collection successfully continues what has been termed ‘the Celtic turn’ in Shakespeare Studies.
Parkinson’s edited collection is one of the year’s most significant publications in Early Modern Scottish Literature. The collection covers six decades and a range of subjects and poets. Theo Van Heijnsbergen and Alessandro Petrina respectively examine the poetry of William Fowler; Petrina examines Italian influences on Fowler’s poetry while van Heijnsbergen explores literary coteries by way of Fowler’s Triumphs of Petrarke. The collection includes studies focused specifically on James VI and I. Gillian Sargent looks at ‘reading as moral investment’ in Essayes of a Prentise and Alasdair A. MacDonald investigates politics and propaganda in The Whole Prophesie of Scotland. The collection also includes two ‘archipelagic’ [End Page 103] studies, one on the Irish poet Walter Quin by John Flood and Priscilla Bawcutt’s ‘John Donne: The Scottish Connection’.
Looks at a Scottish reader’s annotations in a medieval French manuscript of Seneca’s tragedies and analyses what the marginalia may reveal about early seventeenth century Scottish literary culture. Van Heijnsbergen further explores the role of Seneca and stoicism in Scottish literature and its influence on the court of James VI.
Items providing useful historical context
Ashgate’s publication is a significant and substantial collection. Comprising of twenty-five essays it is split into three parts: ‘Religion’, ‘Embodied Lives’ and ‘Cultural production’. This companion is the culmination of three decades of scholarship which has produced a vibrant field which in the words of the editors ‘has refined, reconceptualised, and reoriented our understanding of both women’s and men’s experiences between 1400 and 1800.’ This is essential reading for anyone interested in early modern studies and the history of gender more broadly.
The Scottish Diaspora examines the mass migration of Scots from 1700 to 1945. It assesses the experiences of Scots within Britain and Ireland and further afield in the United States, Canada, Africa, Asia and the Antipodes. It also examines the impact of migration on Scotland. This historical analysis will be of interest to anyone studying Post-colonialism, Subaltern Studies or Scottish Literature from 1700 to the present.