Scottish Studies

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities hosts:


Scottish Studies

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). 


The MLitt in Modern Scottish Writing examines post-Enlightenment Scottish literature from a perspective shaped by critical theory as well as traditional literary history. The course caters to aspiring researchers as well as part-time students seeking to deepen their knowledge of the topic. The programme is co-directed by Suzanne Gilbert and Scott Hames. We have a strong track record of securing PhD funding for our students and welcome Masters and PhD applications and enquiries.

Journal of Stevenson Studies

The Journal of Stevenson Studies was born at a conference at the University of Stirling in July 2000. This event raised a great deal of interest and became the first of a series of biennial conferences organised by Stevenson scholars at different institutions around the world:

2000: Stevenson, Scotland and Samoa, University of Stirling

2002: Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries, Università degli Studi di Milano (Gargnano)

2004: Stevenson and Conrad: Writers of Land and Sea, Edinburgh

2006: Transatlantic Stevenson, Saranac Lake, N.Y.

2008: European Stevenson, Università di Bergamo

2010: Locating Stevenson, University of Stirling

2013: Stevenson, Time and History, University of New South Wales, Sydney

(Those interested in past Stevenson conferences in this series should consult Richard Dury’s conference reports and archived material.)

The journal appears annually by subscription and previous volumes are still available. The most recent issue (volume 10) appeared in Autumn 2013.

The Journal of Stevenson Studies is published under the auspices of the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies and is co-edited by Emeritus Professor Roderick Watson and Professor Linda Dryden of Edinburgh Napier University.

An Editorial Board of distinguished Stevenson scholars serve as peer reviewers of all articles submitted for publication.

Editorial Board

Professor Richard Ambrosini, Universita' di Roma Tre;

Professor Stephen Arata, University of Virginia

Dr Hilary Beattie, Columbia University;

Professor Oliver Buckton, Florida Atlantic University;

Dr Jenni Calder, National Museum of Scotland;

Professor Linda Dryden, Edinburgh Napier University;

Professor Richard Dury, University of Bergamo (Consultant Editor);

Professor Penny Fielding, University of Edinburgh;

Professor Gordon Hirsch, University of Minnesota;

Professor Katherine Linehan, Oberlin College, Ohio;

Professor Barry Menikoff, University of Hawaii;

Professor Glenda Norquay; Liverpool John Moores University;

Professor Marshall Walker, University of Waikato;

Professor Roderick Watson, University of Stirling 

Contributions are warmly invited and should be sent to either of the editors listed below. Text should be submitted as MS Word files in MHRA format. All contributions are subject to review by members of the Editorial Board.

Professor Roderick Watson

Professor Linda Dryden

Literature and Languages

Institute for Creative Studies

University of Stirling

Edinburgh Napier University







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