Scottish literature
Through ages
Early literature
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The earliest literature known to be from Scotland
has been written in these languages:
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Brythonic (Old Welsh)
Gaelic
Latin
Old English
They have been written between the 6th and the 7th
century.
Medieval Scottish literature
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The language of the Scots was Gaelic. Between c. 1200
and c. 1700 ,both Scotland and Ireland shared a literary
form of Gaelic.
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But, the problems of the Scottish kingdom meant a slow
development of the arts. Gaelic culture was primarily
oral, and at first dominated by the Irish. Not much that is
specifically Scottish survived before the 14th century.
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Irish text written in
Gaelic
Romance Literature
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During the 13th century literary languages
(languages only used to write literature) were
used and some well-known texts have been
written in French or in Latin.
Late medieval literature
St-Andrew University
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By the 14th century arts
in Scotland emerged.
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There was an
association with the
Church and the royal
Court and many
universities were
founded.
Late medieval literature, suite
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By the 15th century much of the Scottish literature was
produced from among the Court and some Scottish
Kings wrote some interesting texts. It was the golden
age of Scottish literature, which last until the
Reformation took place.
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During the 16th century, much of the literature was
suppressed by the Reformation. The energy of the
Scots went to theological and political problems.
th
17
– early
th
19
century
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Beginning of the tradition of Scottish ballads.
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In Scotland, the Anglicisation increased after
the 17th century.
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But there’s a reawakening interest for ancient
Scottish literature which leads to many
translations.
th
19
–
th
20
century
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Even if the population of Scotland becomes more
and more industrialized and urban, the readers,
however, are interested in heroic exploits taking
place in a medieval Scottish landscape, and not in
novels reflecting the realities of life.
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Among the famous writers, we find:
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Robert Louis Stevenson : Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr
Hyde, Treasure Island (1886)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle : Sherlock Holmes (1887)
James M. Barrie : Peter Pan
Authors
Robert Louis
Stevenson
Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle
James Matthew Barrie
th
20
–
st
21
century
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The tradition of fantastical fictions is still very
present in Scotland and well-known all
around the world.
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The reprinting of ancient Gaelic texts
encourages new writers of poesy and fiction.
Sources
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Texts
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_literature
http://www.standrews.ac.uk/~www_se/personal/cjmm/Scotback.html
Images:
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www.toddadams.net
www.itjungle.com
www.chemin-stevenson.org
autoresespiritasclassicos.com
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Scottish literature