A great amount of work has been devoted to the study of literature and nationhood, but less so the relationship between literature and unions. Assembling the voices of writers from across the political spectrum, Literature & Union opens new ground in interdisciplinary literary studies. Re-situating Scottish literature as an interrogation of internal political and religious divisions rather than one of inter-national oppression and rebellion, this collection of essays provides a fresh and exciting angle from which to view Scottish texts and their various contexts.
The editors of Literature & Union, Gerard Carruthers and Colin Kidd, join us to explore the various streams of the book, expounding and expanding upon the Scotland it presents. Gerard holds the Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, and is General Editor of the OUP Collected Work of Robert Burns. Colin Kidd is a Professor of Modern History in St Andrews and the author of several books examining the history of ethnic and national identities.