Association for Scottish Literary Studies

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) is a Scottish educational charity,[1] founded in 1970 to promote and support the teaching, study and writing of Scottish literature. Its founding members included the Scottish literary scholar Matthew McDiarmid (1914–1996). Originally based at the University of Aberdeen, it moved to its current home within the University of Glasgow in 1996. ASLS is supported by Creative Scotland.

ASLS's main field of activity is publishing, and the Association is a member of Publishing Scotland.[2]

Publications[edit]

Periodicals[edit]

ASLS produces periodicals, including Scottish Literary Review (formerly Scottish Studies Review), a peer reviewed journal of Scottish literature and cultural studies; Scottish Language, a peer reviewed journal of Scottish languages and linguistics; The International Journal of Scottish Literature, a free online peer reviewed journal; and The Bottle Imp, a free online ezine (named after the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson). From June 2013, Scottish Literary Review has been included in Project MUSE's Premium Collection of journals.[3]

Books[edit]

Annual Volumes[edit]

Since 1971 ASLS has republished a number of out of print Scottish texts in their Annual Volumes series (43 volumes by 2014). Titles in the series include reprints of 18th- and 19th-century fiction, anthologies of Scottish drama, editions of poetry and collections of other writings. Two ASLS Annual Volumes have won Saltire Society Research Book of the Year awards: The Poems of William Dunbar, edited by Priscilla Bawcutt (1998), and Sorley MacLean's Dàin do Eimhir, edited by Christopher Whyte (2002).[4]

New Writing Scotland[edit]

Since its first issue in 1983, many contemporary Scottish writers have had early work published in ASLS's annual anthology of new short fiction and poetry, New Writing Scotland, including Leila Aboulela,[5] Lin Anderson,[6] Iain Banks,[7] Anne Donovan,[8] Janice Galloway,[9] A L Kennedy,[10] James Meek,[11] Ian Rankin,[12] James Robertson,[13] Suhayl Saadi,[14] Chiew-Siah Tei,[15] Irvine Welsh,[16] and others.

Occasional Papers[edit]

The ASLS Occasional Papers series publishes essays and monographs on Scottish literary and linguistic topics, often based on papers presented at ASLS conferences. The most recent edition in this series, number 18, is entitled Gateway to the Modern: Resituating J. M. Barrie.[17]

Scotnotes[edit]

ASLS publishes the Scotnotes series of study guides to Scottish writers and their literary works. There are currently thirty-two titles in this series, on authors ranging from late medieval poets such as William Dunbar and Robert Henryson to contemporary writers such as Iain Banks, Liz Lochhead and Ian Rankin.[18]

Other titles[edit]

In May 2010, in partnership with the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ASLS published an illustrated edition of Sir Walter Scott's narrative poem The Lady of the Lake, to mark the 200th anniversary of the original publication.[19] In June 2011, with financial support from the Gaelic Books Council, ASLS published a new edition of Sorley MacLean's An Cuilithionn/The Cuillin.[20]

Exhibitions[edit]

Since 2004, ASLS has mounted the Scottish Writing Exhibition at the Modern Language Association of America's annual conventions in the USA, most recently in Chicago in January 2014,[21] and plans to attend the 2015 event in Vancouver. In August 2008 the Scottish Writing Exhibition was on display at the biannual European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) conference in Aarhus in Denmark.

Presidents[edit]

A number of literary scholars have held the presidency of the ASLS:

  • John MacQueen (1970–1973)
  • Tom Dunn (1973–1976)
  • Alexander Scott (1976–1979)
  • David Daiches[22] (1979–1984)
  • Tom Crawford (1984–1989)
  • Maurice Lindsay[23] (1989–1993)
  • John Blackburn (1993–1994)
  • David Robb (1994–1998)
  • Dorothy McMillan (1998–2002)
  • Alan MacGillivray (2002–2006)
  • Alan Riach (2006–2010)
  • Ian Brown (2010–present)

Awards[edit]

To date, two ASLS Annual Volumes have won Saltire Society Research Book of the Year awards: The Poems of William Dunbar, edited by Priscilla Bawcutt (1998); and Sorley MacLean's Dàin do Eimhir, edited by Christopher Whyte (2002).[24]

In 2011, the ASLS's edition of Sorley MacLean's An Cuilithionn/The Cuillin was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year award.[25]

Also in 2011, along with VisitScotland and the University of Glasgow, the ASLS co-produced Literary Scotland: A Traveller's Guide.[26] In October 2011, this publication won the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Scotland Gold Award for Best Publication.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Charity Register". Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Publishers Member List". Publishing Scotland. Retrieved 12 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Scottish Literary Review". Project MUSE. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Research Book Awards". Saltire Society. Archived from the original on 24 February 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  5. ^ Moira Burgess and Donny O'Rourke (eds) (1999). Friends and Kangaroos: New Writing Scotland 17. Glasgow: ASLS. pp. pp1–6. ISBN 0-948877-41-3. 
  6. ^ Kathleen Jamie and James McGonigal (eds) (1996). Full Strength Angels: New Writing Scotland 14. Glasgow: ASLS. pp. pp1–7. ISBN 0-948877-31-6. 
  7. ^ Alexander Scott and James Aitchison (eds) (1983). New Writing Scotland 1. Aberdeen: ASLS. pp. p32. ISBN 0-9502629-4-3. 
  8. ^ Kathleen Jamie and James McGonigal (eds) (1996). Full Strength Angels: New Writing Scotland 14. Glasgow: ASLS. pp. pp20–23. ISBN 0-948877-31-6. 
  9. ^ Edwin Morgan and Hamish Whyte (eds) (1989). New Writing Scotland 7. Aberdeen: ASLS. pp. pp60–68. ISBN 0-948877-06-5. 
  10. ^ Janice Galloway and Hamish Whyte (eds) (1992). Pig Squealing: New Writing Scotland 10. Aberdeen: ASLS. pp. pp78–82. ISBN 0-948877-15-4. 
  11. ^ Edwin Morgan and Hamish Whyte (eds) (1989). New Writing Scotland 7. Aberdeen: ASLS. pp. pp133–148. ISBN 0-948877-06-5. 
  12. ^ Ian Rankin. "An Afternoon". The Short Story. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "The Locus Index to Science Fiction 2001". Locus Online. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 
  14. ^ Kathleen Jamie and Donny O'Rourke (eds) (1998). The Glory Signs: New Writing Scotland 16. Glasgow: ASLS. pp. pp131–140. ISBN 0-948877-37-5. 
  15. ^ Valerie Thornton and Brian Whittingham (eds) (2006). Making Soup in a Storm: New Writing Scotland 24. Glasgow: ASLS. pp. pp92–97. ISBN 978-0-948877-72-8. 
  16. ^ "Writing Scotland". BBC. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 
  17. ^ "Gateway to the Modern: Resituating J. M. Barrie". ASLS. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Scotnotes". ASLS. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Lady of the Lake". ASLS. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  20. ^ "An Cuilithionn 1939". ASLS. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "List of 2014 Exhibitors". MLA. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  22. ^ Baker, William; Lister, Michael, eds. (2007). David Daiches: a Celebration of His Life and Work. Eastbourne, UK: Sussex Academic Press. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-84519-159-7. 
  23. ^ Riach, Alan (12 May 2009). "Obituary: Maurice Lindsay". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 June 2009. 
  24. ^ "Research Book Awards". Saltire Society. Archived from the original on 24 February 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  25. ^ "The Saltire Society: 2011 Shortlist". Saltire Society. Retrieved 21 November 2011. [dead link]
  26. ^ "Literary Scotland: A Traveller's Guide". ASLS. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "Scotland: CIPR". CIPR. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

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