We have a renowned group of staff researching and contributing to the literatures and cultures of Scotland. Areas of scholarly expertise include James Hogg, Scottish romantic and Victorian poetry, transatlantic Scotland and vernacular writing (particularly James Kelman). The International Journal of Scottish Literature and the Journal of Stevenson Studies are both edited and published here in the Division, and the Centre for Scottish Studies is a hub linking our work to historical, political and media research elsewhere at Stirling.
Making rather than mapping Scottish literature is an established strength of our creative writing programme. In 2013 Janice Galloway (winner of Scottish Book of the Year 2012), joined a powerful constellation of Scottish writers at Stirling: Kathleen Jamie (winner of the Costa Poetry Prize 2012), Meaghan Delahunt (shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year 2008), and Liam Murray Bell (shortlisted for Scottish Book of the Year 2013 (first book category)).
Suzanne Gilbert is one of two General Editors of the landmark Stirling/South Carolina edition of James Hogg (with Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley), continuing the foundational work of the late Prof Douglas Mack (Stirling 1986-2009). Gilbert’s edition of Hogg’s Scottish Pastorals (forthcoming 2014) secured AHRC support, and will complete 28 of the eventual 39 volumes. Adrian Hunter’s expertise in short prose, transatlantic publishing and Hogg, has led to his commissioned new volume on Hogg’s periodical writing in Britain, the US and the Empire.
The work of Kirstie Blair, Meaghan Delahunt, Gilbert, Hunter and Scott Hames is part of a new revisionary focus on Scottish cultural forms. Blair is working on a Carnegie-funded project on Scottish Victorian working-class poetry. Delahunt was commissioned by the Saltire Society to write the pamphlet The Artist and Nationality (2013). Hames’s critical and editorial work on James Kelman and Scottish independence is leading debate on narratives of Scottish devolution, and the politics of ‘voice’ in Scottish literature. Bill Marshall and Hames also investigate cultural intersections between Canada and Scotland. In 2008 Professor Carla Sassi was a visiting professor through the RSE Caledonian Fellowship scheme, working with Gemma Robinson to research Caribbean colonial relations in Scottish literature.
Working with the Centre for Scottish Studies and the Stirling Centre for Postcolonial Studies, colleagues hosted or co-hosted four conferences in recent years: Caribbean-Scottish Passages: History, Language, Literature (2008), ‘Scottish and International Modernism’ (2009) and ‘Locating Stevenson’ (2010), Scottish and Argentine visual cultures (2013).