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    The LLC Scottish Forum is accepting proposals for the following session to be held at the next MLA Annual Convention (Jan 2024), Philadelphia:

    Marking the 200th anniversary of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’s publication, we invite papers on James Hogg’s novel, its influence and afterlives. Please send an abstract and b…[Read more]

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    Dear Colleagues,
    We are pleased to inform you that the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures (IASSL) is now accepting submissions and nominations for the 2022 Jack Medal competition.

    The Jack Medal is awarded annually for the best article or book chapter on a subject related to Reception or Diaspora in Scottish…[Read more]


Since the publication of Why Scottish Literature Matters (2005), one of my best received publications, I have focused my research almost exclusively on Scottish literature, and in particular on the history of Scotland’s involvement with British imperialism, expressions of Scottish literary and cultural nationalism, the theoretical intersections between Scottish and Postcolonial studies, the Scottish Literary Renaissance/Modernism, and modern and contemporary Scottish fiction. I have published and lectured widely in all these fields. 

Among my pioneering contributions is Caribbean-Scottish Relations (2007), a co-authored study of cultural/literary representations of and silences around the colonial relations between the two regions. Other publications include: Within and Without Empire: Scotland Across the (Post)colonial Borderline (co-ed. 2013), The International Companion to Scottish Poetry (ed. 2015), Empires and Revolutions: Cunninghame Graham and His Contemporaries (co-ed. 2017).

My work has obtained wide recognition outside Italy. I am Honorary Patron of the International Anthony Burgess Association. I was invited to hold the second Scottish Literature International Lecture at the Scottish Parliament (in association with ASLS) in 2013. In 2020 I was elected Convener of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures (IASSL). In 2021 I was elected member of the Executive Committee of the LLC Scottish forum of MLA (Modern Language Association) and awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. 


Other Publications

(editor) International Companion to Scottish Poetry (2015)

(co-editor with Theo van Heijnsbergen) Within and Without Empire: Scotland across the (post)colonial borderline (2013)

(co-author, with Giovanna Covi, Joan Anim-Addo, Velma Pollard) Caribbean-Scottish Relations (2007)

Why Scottish Literature Matters (2005),

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