Research in Scottish Literature

Research in Scottish Literature

We research Scottish literature in Scots and English from the medieval period until the twenty first century.

Since 1971 the University of Glasgow has supported the only subject-area in the world exclusively devoted to the study of Scottish Literature, with members of the area past and present supplying some of the most important publications in the discipline. We have been closely involved with the research output of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, the Scottish Text Society and a number of scholarly edition projects, including Walter Scott, James Hogg, Hugh MacDiarmid and, most recently, the Oxford University Press Collected Works of Robert Burns.

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In researching Scottish Literature our strength is further supplemented by the work of and through interaction with colleagues in English Language and English Literature. We are also involved in collaboration with colleagues in Celtic and History (where we all contribute to the multi-disciplinary work of the Centre for Celtic and Scottish Studies). 

In recent years our work across the range of Scottish Literature has been recognised by the capture of large grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Carnegie Trust and a number of smaller grants from the British Academy. In the past five years this funding has totalled over £1 million. We are home to the biggest Scottish Literature graduate programme in the world with around 25 research students and we have a successful record in students gaining major research funding from the AHRC, the Carnegie Trust and other smaller funding bodies.