International Companion to James Macpherson and The Poems of Ossian
Publication Year: 2017
Published by: Association for Scottish Literary Studies
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Series Editors’ Preface
Ian Brown, Thomas Owen Clancy
With the successful relaunch of the Companions to Scottish Literature series as the International Companions, under the aegis of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, the series editors have decided to move from the former policy of publishing in annual tranches of two or three volumes to one of issuing volumes as and when they are ready.
A Brief Biography of James Macpherson
James Macpherson was born in Ruthven in Badenoch, Scotland, in 1736. He was educated at King’s College and Marischal College, Aberdeen, where he would have come under the influence of the noted classicist Thomas Blackwell Jnr, whose Enquiry into the Life and Writings of Homer ...
James Macpherson was born in 1736 in Ruthven and died sixty years later only a few miles down the road on his estate outside Kingussie. But the story of the son of a tenant farmer who ended his days at the house built for him by the Adams brothers and who was buried in Westminster Abbey at his own expense is as unusual as that trajectory suggests. ...
1. The Correspondence of James Macpherson
James Macpherson’s reputation as the poet of Poems of Ossian has undergone a judicious re-examination and analysis since the late twentieth century. This effort continues, for the most part, to show why dismissive and peremptory comments do not explain the poems, their influence, origin, or the man himself. ...
2. Ossian and the Gaelic World
Lesa Ní Mhunghaile
James Macpherson returned to his native Badenoch in 1756 to take up a post as a country schoolmaster. Once there: ...,
3. Ossian and the State of Translation in the Scottish Enlightenment
The Poems of Ossian are probably the most commonly used example in modern translation studies to illustrate the concept of pseudotranslation. In his seminal Descriptive Translation Studies and beyond Gideon Toury defines pseudotranslations thus: ‘texts which have been presented as translations with no corresponding source texts in other languages ...
4. Nostalgic Ossian and the Transcreation of the Scottish Nation
It has often been noted that James Macpherson’s Poems of Ossian have a distinct postcolonial agenda. They were published at a time when a body of opinion existed that there was a need to counter supposedly English traits of character with features that were perceived as being typically Scottish. ...
5. Landscape and the Sense of Place in The Poems of Ossian
In Improvement and Romance: Constructing the Myth of the Highlands (1989), Peter Womack took a dim view of the characteristic features of the Ossianic landscape. He thought that Ossian’s compositions were ‘topographically null’, emptily embellished works with meaningless and arbitrary place names, ‘all wrapped up in the mystique of tradition’.1 ...
6. Ossian’s Impact on the Discovery of Ancient Scandianvian Literature
Robert W. Rix
In the late eighteenth century, classical literary models of Greece and Rome were challenged as benchmarks of cultural prestige. It was no longer sufficient only to regurgitate the fruits of timeless and transcultural classicism. Instead, cultural prestige was now increasingly to be won through reconstructing one’s own ethnic history. ...
7. The Significance of James Macpherson’s Ossian for Visual Arts
The response of visual artists to James Macpherson’s Ossian is an astonishing aspect of Macpherson’s influence. Artists began making work based on Ossian with the publication of Fingal in 1762 and are still making such work today. Many images – for example, the earliest, those of Samuel Wale (1721?–1786) and Isaac Taylor (1730–1807), ...
8. Macpherson’s Iliad and the Logic of Literary Primitivism
Macpherson’s The Iliad of Homer (1773) rendered all twenty-four books of The Iliad in the measured prose that was so striking a feature of Ossian. For friends and allies, presenting Homer in the manner of The Poems of Ossian was a logical progression in the primitivist project of remediating epic poetry for the late eighteenth century. ...
9. Principles, Prejudices, and the Politics of James Macpherson’s Historical Writing
Robert W. Jones
This chapter explores James Macpherson’s historical writing, an extensive and demanding body of work. Macpherson’s histories have received little scholarly attention, but their time might at last have come. The last two decades have witnessed a resurgence of interest in eighteenth-century historiography, its aims, methods, and published forms ...
Notes on Contributors
Page Count: 198
Publication Year: 2017
OCLC Number: 973536185
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