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  • Scottish Literary Review
  • Gerard Carruthers

SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW is the leading international journal for Scottish literary studies, committed to approaching Scottish literature in an expansive way through exploration of its various social, cultural, historical and philosophical contexts, and of literary forms, both traditional and new. We are interested in comparative work with literatures from beyond Scotland, the interaction of literature with expressive media such as theatre and film, and in encouraging debate on issues of contemporary significance related to Scottish literary studies, so that SLR is both responsive to, and creative of, new readings and approaches. The journal is listed in the MLA International Bibliography and issues from 2013 onwards are accessible online as part of Project MUSE's Premium Collection.


Since the last issue of Scottish Literary Review, I have curated a special, retrospective, online issue of the journal, entitled History, Literature, Memory, to celebrate ten years of our periodical under its present name. The online issue can be found here:

SLR 11:2, this current publication, contains a wide range of topics from a wide range of international contributors. This is testimony yet again to the fruitfulness of our scholarly area of Scottish Literature. In the face of the academic exercise of 'Research Excellence Framework' (2021) and as the young twenty-first century matures, the mission of SLR remains to boldly go where the subject has not been before and to seek out new ideas and approaches, to present these in an academic and accessible way. This publication is one of a number of ways in which the Association for Scottish Literary Studies performs sterling service for the subject. In citations of SLR material (aided and abetted by the online availability of the journal on Project MUSE), in and beyond Scotland, in student and in published work, the journal is manifestly having a large impact.

This is my last issue as Editor of Scottish Literary Review. I have learned a lot over the past six years in the position and it has been a privilege to hold it. Of the editing of Scottish literary criticism, however, there is no end and I am now embarked on preparing the fifty-essay Blackwell Companion to Scottish Literature among [End Page vii] other projects. My experience at SLR has better equipped me for such undertakings, and so I thank – for their generous support throughout – the Council of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies; Publications Convenor Ian Brown and the Publications Board; the journal Advisory Board; all article authors, referees and, indeed, readers; Past President Ali Lumsden and current President, David Goldie. A special word of gratitude to ASLS Director, Duncan Jones, for his unflappable, problem-solving collaboration and guidance throughout my tenure as editor. I wish my successors Rhona Brown and Scott Lyall the same good fortune I have enjoyed in the role and know that SLR is safe in their hands. [End Page viii]



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