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The Impact of Latin Culture on Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing

Edited by Ian Johnson and Alessandra Petrina

The Impact of Latin Culture on Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing
Hardback, 298 pages £78.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781580442817
Format: 233mm x 155mm
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Subjects: Early Modern Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

In the late medieval and early modern periods, Scottish latinity had its distinctive stamp, most intriguingly so in its effects upon the literary vernacular and on themes of national identity. This volume shows how, when viewed through the prism of latinity, Scottish textuality was distinctive and fecund. The flowering of Scottish writing owed itself to a subtle combination of literary praxis, the ideal of eloquentia, and ideological deftness, which enabled writers to service a burgeoning national literary tradition.

Introduction: Scottish Latinitas by Ian Johnson and Alessandra Petrina Part I: Rewriting the Classical and Medieval Legacy Classical Reception and Erotic Latin Poetry in Sixteenth-Century Scotland: The Case of Thomas Maitland (ca. 1548-1572) by Steven J. Reid Mnemoic Frameworks in The Buke of the Chess by Kate Ash-Irisarri Part II: Writing the Scottish Nation Defining Scottish Identity in the Early Middle Ages: Bede and the Picts by Tommaso Leso Universals, Particulars, and Political Discourse in John Mair's Historia Maioris Britanniae by John Leeds A "Scottish Monmouth"? Hector Boece's Arthurian Revisions by Elizabeth Hanna Topography, Ethnography, and the Catholic Scots in the Religious Culture Wars: From Hector Boece's Scotum Historia to John Lesley's Historie of Scotland by John Cramsie A View from Afar: Petruccio Ubaldini's Descrittione del Regno di Scotia by Alessandra Petrina Part III: The Vagaries of Languages and Texts Reading Robert Henryson's Orpheus and Eurydice: Sentence and Sensibility by Ian Johnson Seget's Comedy: A Scots Scholar, Galileo, and a Dante Manuscript by Nick Havely The Inventions of Sir Thomas Urquhart by Jeremy Smith Afterword by Nicola Royan

Alessandra Petrina is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Padova. Ian Johnson is Reader in English at the University of St. Andrews.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 298 pages
 233mm x 155mm

BIC Code:
  LIT004120, LIT011000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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