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The Mercat Anthology of early Scottish literature, 1375-1707

Jack, Ronald D. S.; Rozendaal, P. A. T.

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ISBN 10: 1873644655 / ISBN 13: 9781873644652
Published by Mercat Press, Edinburgh, 1997
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Octavo in green pictorial wraps; 528 pages ; 24 cm. In English. Out of print. Very good copy. Worn wraps around edges and corners; curling to corners of cover wraps; heavy notes, interpretations and definitions in ink and pencil on pp. 83-126; lightly dusty bottom edge of pages; else tight copy; most pages are clean, free of marks and creases; binding is tight. Bookseller Inventory # 84286

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Title: The Mercat Anthology of early Scottish ...

Publisher: Mercat Press, Edinburgh

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: first edition.

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This anthology is intended to answer the need for a large-scale anthology of early Scottish Literature, which is felt particularly acutely in the academic field. It has been designed as a teaching text suitable for use by students and at advanced level in schools. Longer works are either presented complete - e.g. James I, 'Kingis Quair'; or by sections which sum up the main themes and concerns of the text - e.g Barbour's 'Bruce' Book I. There are full critical and linguistic introductions; brief biographical and bibliographic introductions for each author or subsection; the texts have all been re-edited; every difficult word is glossed, and full explanatory notes appear at the foot of each page.A noteworthy feature of the book is Professor Jack's Critical Introduction, 'Where Stands Scottish Literature Now?'. This challenges many widely-held assumptions about Scottish Literature, in particular the tendency to undervalue or even ignore the writers of the seventeenth century in Scotland. Among other things the Introduction seeks to explore the reasons behind this strange neglect. Basing its argument on the texts of the Anthology as a whole, it seeks to redefine the accepted canon and suggests an alternative way of approaching Scottish literary history.

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