ASLS is based in the University of Glasgow and promotes the study, teaching and writing of Scotland's literatures and languages, past and present.
We publish scholarly journals and literary criticism; new editions of classic works of Scottish literature; companions and study guides; and - with the support of Creative Scotland - New Writing Scotland, an annual anthology of the best new short fiction and poetry in Scotland today, in English, Gaelic and Scots. We also publish the free ezine The Bottle Imp.
Each year, ASLS holds annual conferences on Scottish writers in such diverse locations as Glasgow, Kirkwall, Edinburgh and Skye. We also hold annual conferences on Scottish literature and languages in the classroom. These schools conferences are suitable for CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and attract teachers from across Scotland.
Along with other Scottish literary organisations, and with the support of the Scottish Government, ASLS campaigns for a greater appreciation, at home and abroad, of Scotland's literary culture.
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.
From the Line brings together the best of Scotland's poetry from the two World Wars: 138 poems, from fifty-six poets, are represented here; poetry from both men and women, from battlefields across the world and from the Home Front, too.
The nineteenth century saw the romanticisation of the Highlander, the rise of tartanry and the emergence of the modern Scottish tourist industry. This volume examines the literary culture of Scotland - Highland and Lowland - during this transformational period, and explore its interactions and intersections.
As well as being the author of Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie was a hugely successful novelist and playwright. Gateway to the Modern is a collection of essays examining the extraordinary range of his literary achievement. What emerges is a significant writer, fully immersed in the literary and intellectual culture of his day.
Exploring the potent appeal that links books, places, authors and readers, these essays examine tourism in the Trossachs both before and after 1810. It considers how Sir Walter's writings responded to the landscape, history and literature of the region, and traces his impact on the tourists, authors and artists who thronged in his wake.
Faced with the prospect of marriage to an elderly, squinting Duke, the Lady Julia elopes with her penniless Scottish beau. But what happens when this English society beauty's romantic notions of the Highlands meet cold, damp reality? Susan Ferrier's 1818 novel Marriage is a witty and satirical examination of female lives in the Regency era.
Mary Paterson is a high-Victorian tale of the foul deeds of Burke and Hare, who kept Edinburgh's anatomists supplied with freshly manufactured corpses. David Pae's galloping nineteenth-century novel not only provides a fascinating window into the popular Victorian imagination but is also a highly entertaining novel in its own right.
The People's Journal regularly published readers' letters, stories, and especially their poetry. Collected here are more than 100 examples, written by tradesmen and women, factory workers, servants, and others; their concerns and interests often chime, more than we might expect, with issues still very much current in the modern day.
George MacDonald is the acknowledged forefather of later fantasy writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. This collection of 16 essays examines MacDonald's place in the Victorian literary scene, his engagement with his contemporaries and his interest in the social, political, and theological movements of his age.
At this key moment in Scotland's history, earlier identities are being re-examined and re-presented, and personal and cultural histories are being redefined and reconsidered. These eleven essays show how the re-creation and reimagination of Scottish culture, its identities and its tropes, are being developed by a range of leading Scottish writers.
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