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Issue 40, Nov. 2012 - Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Issue 40, Nov. 2012 - Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

35 tions in, a range of

35 tions in, a range of literary, political and religious debates, and reveals the development of his aims and concerns as an author. Rickard argues that, despite the King‟s best efforts to the contrary, his writings expose the tensions and contradictions between authorship and authority. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of the reign of James VI and I, the literary and political cultures of late sixteenth-century Scotland and early seventeenth-century England, the development of notions of authorship and the relationship between literature and politics. Table of Contents: Introduction: Reading James VI and I, 1. Constructing the Writer-King: the early poetry, 2. The word of God and the word of the King: the early scriptural exegeses, 3. Print, authority, interpretation: the major prose works, 4. Monumentalising the royal author: The Workes (1616), 5. The late poetry and the deconstruction of authority, Afterword, Bibliography, Index Rigney, Ann, The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move, Oxford: OUP 2012 (hardback £55.00) The phenomenon of Scott's rise and fall is explained from the perspective of cultural memory studies. Scott's writings are studied as active ingredients within a broader cultural and social framework and not just as autonomous pieces of literature. Includes many hitherto unknown examples from a range of cultural expressions, from theatre to material culture, showing the influence of Scott. Richly illustrated with visual materials in a way that 'concretizes' the story being told. Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was once a household name, but is now largely forgotten. This book explores how Scott's work became an all-pervasive point of reference for cultural memory and collective identity in the nineteenth century, and why it no longer has this role. Ann Rigney breaks new ground in memory studies and the study of literary reception by examining the dynamics of cultural memory and the 'social life' of literary texts across several generations and multiple media. She pays attention to the remediation of the Waverley novels as they travelled into painting, the theatre, and material culture, as well as to the role of 'Scott' as a memory site in the public sphere for a century after his death. Using a wide range of examples and supported by many illustrations, Rigney demonstrates how remembering Scott's work helped shape national and transnational identities up to World War One, and contributed to the emergence of the idea of an English-speaking world encompassing Scotland, the British Empire and the United States. Scott's work forged a potent alliance between memory, literature, and identity that was eminently suited to modernization. His legacy continues in the widespread belief that engaging with the past is a condition for transcending it. Scott, Walter, The Border Antiquities of England and Scotland. Comprising Specimens of Architecture and Sculpture, and Other Vestiges of Former Ages, Accompanied by Descriptions, Cambridge: CUP 2012 (paperback £41.00) The work of the poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) frequently reflected his interest in Scottish history, and he is regarded as having written some of the most influential historical fiction of the nineteenth century. His literary works include the poem The Lady of the Lake and the novels Waverley and Ivanhoe. Originally published in two volumes in 1814–17, this one-volume reissue is a work of non-fiction that illuminates Border history as revealed through architecture and artefacts. Scott was not the sole author, but his substantial introduction sets the historical scene for the entries on various castles, churches and other historic structures on both sides of the border. Illustrative extracts of his poetry are also included, along with many detailed engravings of the evocative scenes and buildings described. Scottish Studies Newsletter 40, November 2012

36 Shukman, Ann, Bishops and Covenanters, The Church in Scotland, 1688–1691, Edinburgh: Birlinn 2012 (paperback £12.99) Why did the young Protestant monarch William of Orange fail to make his mark on Scotland? How did a particularly hard-line „Protester‟ branch of Presbyterianism (the last off-shoot of the Convenanting movement) become the established Church in Scotland? And how did it come about that Scotland suffered a kind of „cultural revolution‟ after the Williamite revolution, nipping in the bud the proto-Enlightenment? This book reviews the political events that led to the abolition of episcopacy in 1689 and with it the concerted attack on the parish clergy. It explores for the first time the background and influences that led to the brutal „rabbling of the curates‟ in south-west Scotland. It explores the mind-set of the notorious Covenanting tract Naphtali (1667), and of its author Sir James Stewart of Goodtrees, who was the author of the Act establishing hard-line Presbyterianism in 1690, and became Lord Advocate of Scotland in 1692. The purges of the universities after the 1690 Act led to a hardening of attitudes, and the on-going purging of the parishes led ultimately to the emptying of two-thirds of all the parishes of Scotland. The book suggests how these events contributed to the notion of „King William‟s ill years‟. Simpson, Roddy, The Photography of Victorian Scotland, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univesity Press 2012 (paperback £24.99) This is the first book to provide a full and coherent introduction to the photography of Victorian Scotland. There are many books which deal with particular elements and individual photographers, which show the interest in the subject, but no book draws everything together to provide an understanding of the multi-faceted nature of photography and the inter-relationship with other activities in the society of the time. This authoritative introduction, building upon these other publications, will provide a wide-ranging appreciation of early Scottish photography and in particular that Scottish photography was in the vanguard of many international trends. The material has been structured and the topics organised, with appropriate illustrations, as both a readable narrative and a foundation text for the subject. Key Features: Draws together a coherent narrative of the many different aspects of photography in Victorian Scotland; shows how photography was related to, and was influenced by, the society and culture of the time; highlights how Scotland and Scots were in the forefront of photography in Victorian times; uses the most apt illustrations to emphasise the quality of the image-making. Includes 130 illustrations. Terrell, Katherine / Mark P. Bruce (eds.), The Anglo-Scottish Border and the Shaping of Identity, 1300-1600, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2012 (hardback £52.00) The Anglo-Scottish border in the late medieval and early modern period was a highly contested region, a militarized zone that was also a place of cultural contact and exchange. The contributors to this volume explore the role of this borderland in the construction of both Scottish and English identities, seeking insight into the role that Scotland and England played in one another's imaginations. Texts that originate in, pass through, or comment on the Anglo- Scottish borderland reveal the border as a crucial third term in the articulation of Scottish and English national consciousness and cultural identity. ( Torrance, David, Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland? Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2012 (paperback £19.99) Explores the history and ideas of the Scottish Conservative Party since its creation in 1912 You might not believe it now, but the Scottish Conservative Party played a significant role in the politics of Scotland during the last century. The party governed Scotland and the UK for Scottish Studies Newsletter 40, November 2012

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