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Scottish literary production has long been regarded as intimately connected with religious belief. Scottish literary criticism has been alert to the role played by the Bible and religious belief within medieval and early modern texts. This chapter offers a brief survey of Scottish writing in which religion is a central creative driver. It focuses chiefly on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in order to appreciate the range of faithful perspectives which are formed, in tension with, and imaginatively shaped by the spiritual. With the twentieth century comes a continuity of tradition in the exchange between Scottish literature and religion, but there is also a newly-virulent rejection of what is seen as the culturally stifling effects of Calvinism, particularly in Scottish poetry. The concern of the twentieth century Renaissance to diagnose a fractured sense of Scottish national identity was based in part upon the supposedly anglicising and culturally devastating influence of the Reformation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Scottish Literature
EditorsGerard Carruthers
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781119651550
ISBN (Print)9781119651444
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Calvinism
  • Scottish literary criticism
  • Scottish writing
  • religious belief


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