Literary History & Criticism

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  • Cover scan of The Scottish Ballads
    The Scottish Ballads
    Sarah Dunnigan - Paperback - Association for Scottish Literary Studies
    This study guide introduces the ways in which ballads, composed in Scots and English, differ from what we conventionally think of as literary texts and how that influences our approach to, and experience of, the form.
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    Scottish Fiction And The British Empire
    Douglas S. Mack - Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
    Douglas Mack argues that writers with roots in non-elite Scotland such as James Hogg and Lewis Grassic Gibbon from the past and Irvine Welsh and James Kelman from the present actively challenge the Imperial Grand Narrative. He shows that Scottish fiction was influential in subverting the assumptions that underpinned the Empire.
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    800 Words: Poetry And Prose To Mark 800 Years Of Ayr's Royal Charter
    - Paperback - Makar
    This volume contains published work from Ayr Writers' Club members, winners of Ayr Writers' Club competitions, poems by the Makar Press poets, adjudicators of the Ayr 800 poetry competition and a new short story by Des Dillon.
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    Bag Lady
    Nan O'Dell - Paperback - Fledgling
    This collection of short stories and poems covers a wide range of subjects including humour, love, tragedy, murder, homosexuality, poverty and cancer. Travel from Edinburgh in 1930 to Chicago in 1948 to the Altiplano of South America today.
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    Douglas Maxwell - Paperback - Oberon
    Melody's got secrets. Dirty, dark, sick-to-the-bottom-of-your-stomach secrets that she's hidden away from for years. The tattoos up her arms tell part of the story, but the truth is a lot more complicated.
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    A Lie About My Father
    John Burnside - Hardback - Jonathan Cape
    This book presents a story about forgiving but not forgetting, about examining the way men are made & how they fall apart, about understanding that in order to have a good son you must have a good father. The author's honesty, thinking & images of beauty & fracture combine to create a moving memoir of two lost men: a father & his child.
  • Cover scan of Key Concepts In Literary Theory
    Key Concepts In Literary Theory
    Julian Wolfreys; Ruth Robbins; Kenneth Womack - Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
    In defining many of the most significant and often arcane terms and concepts used in the study of literary theory and criticism, this guide brings together some 300 terms from a wide range of disciplines and subject areas.
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    Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography
    Claire Harman - Paperback - Harper Perennial
    This comprehensive biography of Robert Louis Stevenson is the first to be written with access to his collected correspondence. It looks at his interest in psychology, genetics, technology and feminism and reveals him as a man of humour, resilience and strongly unconventional views.
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    Scots: The Language Of The People
    - Paperback - Black & White
    'Scots' accompanies the four-part television series to be screened by BBC2 in early 2006. Written and presented by Carl MacDougall, the series tells the story of the Scots language from its common roots with English to the present day.
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    Neil Cross - Paperback - Scribner
    When Neil Cross was five years old, his mother left him. No note, no phone call, just an empty house and a brow-beaten father. Two years later, she came back for her son. She was not alone. Neil's new stepfather was a South African white supremacist. He was a serial adulterer, a thief, a con man, a racist and a liar.

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