We all know what religion is - or do we? Confronted with religious pluralism and cultural diversity, it manifests itself in many forms. What is Religion? serves not only as an introduction to the different belief systems flourishing throughout the modern world, but asks us to consider how the very boundaries of faith might be drawn now and in the future. How might religion interact with political ends, or permeate culture, society and everyday life? Is the post-secular world in thrall to 'religions' of its own kind - materialism, humanism, medicine, science? And what logic separates 'common-sense' or academic knowledge from the immutable but unstable boudaries of faith? Which is the more certain? What does it mean to believe? Combining clear accounts of contemporary global religious practice with an incisive philosophical interrogation of the dynamics and aims of belief, What is Religion? offers a fresh and wide-ranging introduction to the perennial human questions of ritual, faith, ethics and salvation.
Literature and Union opens up a new front in interdisciplinary literary studies. There has been a great deal of academic work—both in the Scottish context and more broadly—on the relationship between literature and nationhood, yet almost none on the relationship between literature and unions. This volume introduces the insights of the new British history into mainstream Scottish literary scholarship. The contributors, who are from all shades of the political spectrum, will interrogate from various angles the assumption of a binary opposition between organic Scottish values and those supposedly imposed by an overbearing imperial England. Viewing Scottish literature as a clash between Scot...
In Beyond Identity, thirteen of Scotland¿s best known poets reflect upon the theoretical, practical and political considerations involved in the act of writing. They furnish a unique guide to contemporary Scottish poetry, discussing a range of issues that include nationhood, education, language, religion, landscape, translation and identity. John Burnside, Robert Crawford, Douglas Dunn, Kathleen Jamie, Edwin Morgan, Kenneth White and others, together with such noted experimentalists as Frank Kuppner, Tom Leonard and Richard Price, explore questions about the relationship between social, economic and ecological realities and their poetic transformation. These interviews are set within the altered political context that followed from the re-establishment of a Scottish Parliament in 1999 and the potential of a renewed engagement with wider European culture. Attila Dósa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Miskolc, in northern Hungary.
New essays on Burns' special place in Scottish, English and Irish literary cultureIn this volume, 17 leading Burns scholars, poetry critics and practising poets reflect on the enduring significance of one of the most important poets of the 18th century. They show that Burns was a highly innovative and technically accomplished poet, as capable of transforming earlier traditions as of launching new literary trends.Looks at Burns' place amongst his literary predecessors, contemporaries and heirs, including:* Scottish poets such as Ramsay, Fergusson, Byron, Hogg, MacDiarmid, Paterson, Dunn & Mackay Brown* English poets such as Milton, Addison, Gray & Wordsworth* Classical writers such as Virgil* Irish poets such as Merriman, Goldsmith, Dermody & HeaneyBy looking at Burns in the context of other poets, each chapter sheds new lighton his own practices and the practice of poetry in general. They investigate the political, national, philosophical and ethical aspects of his poetry, showing how you can deepen
This is the first substantial study of the immensely popular writer and dramatist, Liz Lochhead. It examines the full range of her poetry and drama and supplies a variety of contexts - biographical, feminist and theatrical among others - in which her work can be read, heard, viewed and relished. One of the few books devoted to the work of a Scottish woman writer, and one of an even smaller number dealing in detail with contemporary Scottish drama, Liz Lochhead's Voices raises significant questions both for women's studies and Scottish literature in general. It includes the only extensive bibliography of Lochhead's writings, and is written in an accessible style which will appeal both to the student and to the general reader.