Foundational Texts of Modern Scottish Literature
The foundational texts of modern Scottish literature are laid down in the half-century between Ossian and Waverley, in the overlap between the Enlightenment and the Romantic era, in the transition from Burns’s world to that of Scott. As Shakespeare remains foundational to modern English literature, so Burns and Scott remain foundational to modern Scottish literature, despite MacDiarmid’s 1920s command, ‘Not Burns — Dunbar!’
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