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Contents Introduction v I: CONCEPTS AND THEMES One Liberty and Scottish literature 1 Alan Riach Two Allan Ramsay’s A Dialogue on Taste: a painter’s call to break free from English artistic conventions 19 Marion Amblard Three ‘A Common Right of Mankind’ or ‘A Necessary Evil’? Hume’s contextualist conception of political liberty 40 Gilles Robel Four Versions of freedom and the theatre in Scotland since the Union 55 Jean Berton Five Freeing the tongue: Scots language on stage in the twentieth century 72 Ian Brown Six The nature of aesthetics in the works of Mary Brunton, Hugh MacDiarmid and Alasdair Gray 93 Andrew Monnickendam II: INDIVIDUAL WRITERS AND FREEDOM Seven Scotland and the literary call to freedom in Mary Brunton’s fiction 111 María Jesús Lorenzo Modia Contents (continued) Eight Rivers, freedom and constraint in some of Stevenson’s autobiographical writing 124 Lesley Graham Nine Freedom and subservience in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song 137 Philippe Laplace Ten Women and freedom in Muriel Spark’s fiction 152 Margarita Estévez-Saá Eleven Looking at America from Edinburgh Castle: postcolonial dislocations in Alice Munro’s and Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Scottish fictions 167 Pilar Somacarrera Twelve Scottish and Galician background in Pearse Hutchinson’s poetry: freedom, identity and literary landscape 187 José-Miguel Alonso-Giráldez Thirteen ‘Shall Gaelic Die?’ Iain Crichton Smith’s bilingualism: entrapment or poetic freedom? 213 Stéphanie Noirard Fourteen Henry Adam’s Among Unbroken Hearts (2000): Mankind’s desperate quest for freedom 224 Danièle Berton-Charrière Notes on Contributors 237 ...