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In the late medieval and early modern periods, native tongues and traditions, including those of Scotland, cohabited and competed with latinitas in fascinating and inventive ways. Scottish latinity had its distinctive stamp, most intriguingly so in its effects upon the literary vernacular and on themes of national identity. The present book shows how, when viewed through the prism of its latinity, Scottish textuality was distinctive and fecund. The flowering of Scottish writing owed itself to a subtle combination of literary praxis, the ideal of eloquentia, and ideological deftness. This combination enabled writers to service a burgeoning national literary tradition, and to transcend the subject matter of nation through fruitful and energetic treatment of issues of universal appeal.
Medieval Institute Publications
medieval Scottish literature, early modern Scottish literature, Scottish history, Scoto-Italian relations, Scoto-Latin relations
Cultural History | European History | European Languages and Societies | Intellectual History | Medieval History | Medieval Studies
Citation for Published Book
Alessandra Petrina and Ian Johnson, eds. The Impact of Latin Culture on Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018.