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169 Further Reading There has been an upsurge in interest in Macpherson and Ossian since the mid-1980s. The following list identifies some key initial resources, representative readings, and starting points for further investigation. It is highly selective. The bibliography noted below is recommended for a more detailed descriptive and thematic bibliography. Bibliography Moore, Dafydd, ‘James Macpherson’ in Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature. www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/ obo-9780199846719/obo-9780199846719–0066.xml Editions Gaskill, Howard (ed.), The Poems of Ossian and Related Works (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 1996) – A standard modern edition also containing Hugh Blair’s Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian. Moore, Dafydd (ed.), Ossian and Ossianism, 4 vols, (London and New York: Routledge, 2004) – Four volumes of Ossian and Ossian-related primary sources (including the critical and creative response to the poems) and a wide-ranging introduction. Facsimile text of the poems themselves highlights effects of notes on reading experience. Books devoted to Macpherson Gaskill, Howard (ed.), Ossian Revisited (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 1991) – A collection of ten essays covering a variety of aspects of Macpherson’s Scottish Enlightenment context and reception. 170 further reading Gaskill, Howard (ed.), The Reception of Ossian in Europe (London: Continuum, 2004) – Twenty essays recounting Ossian’s impact in fifteen different parts of Europe and its influence in art, music, and literary criticism. Also contains a valuable timeline of responses across Europe. Moore, Dafydd, Enlightenment and Romance in the Poems of Ossian (Burlington and Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003) – Book-length study of the central themes of Ossian – the sentimental, the sublime, the cult of defeat – through the lens of genre. ‘Macpherson’s Ossian’, Scotlands 4.1 Special Issue (1997) Stafford, Fiona, The Sublime Savage: A Study of James Macpherson and the Poems of Ossian (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1987) – Seminal biography and bedrock of modern Macpherson revisionism. Stafford, Fiona, and Howard Gaskill (eds), From Gaelic to Romantic: Ossianic Translations (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998) – Seventeen essays on various aspects of Ossian. Thomson, Derick, The Gaelic Sources of Macpherson’s Ossian (Edinburgh: Aberdeen University Press, 1952). Chapters/Articles Gibbons, Luke, ‘The Sympathetic Bond: Ossian, Celticism and Colonialism’ in Terence Brown (ed.), Celticism (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996). Potkay, Adam, ‘Virtue and Manners in Macpherson’s Poems of Ossian’, PMLA 107 (1992), pp. 120–30. Sher, Richard, ‘  “Those Scotch Imposters and their Cabal”: Ossian and the Scottish Enlightenment’ in Roger Emerson (ed.), Man and Nature: Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (London, Ontario: Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1982), pp. 55–63. Stafford, Fiona, ‘Romantic Macpherson’ in Murray Pittock (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Significant treatment in broader studies Davis, Leith, Acts of Union: Scotland and the Literary Negotiation of the British Nation 1707–1830 (Stanford: Cambridge University Press, 1998). 171 further reading Haywood, Ian, The Making of History: A Study of the Literary Forgeries of James Macpherson and Thomas Chatterton in relation to EighteenthCentury Ideas of History and Fiction (Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1987). McGann, Jerome, The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). Mitchell, Sebastian, Visions of Britain 1730–1830: Anglo-Scottish Writing and Representation (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013). Pittock, Murray, Scottish and Irish Romanticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). Simpson, Kenneth, The Protean Scot: The Crisis of Identity in EighteenthCentury Scottish Literature (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1988). Shields, Juliet, Sentimental Literature and Anglo-Scottish Identity, 1745–1820 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Trumpener, Katie, Bardic Nationalism: The Romantic Novel and the British Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997). Weinbrot, Howard, Britannia’s Issue: The Rise of British Literature from Dryden to Ossian (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993). Womack, Peter, Improvement and Romance: Constructing the Myth of the Highlands (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1989). THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK ...


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