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Studies in Scottish Literature

Barbour's Bruce

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Allegories Of The Heart, Fiona Robertson Dec 2018

Allegories Of The Heart, Fiona Robertson

Studies in Scottish Literature

"Allegories of the Heart" uses allegory (or "telling otherwise") as a means of investigating Scott’s presence in literary works which do not specifically adapt or rework his texts, arguing that this is an underexplored area of imaginative and figurative engagement with Scott’s work. Key texts are The Heart of Mid-Lothian, The Monastery, and Hawthorne’s fictions "Earth’s Holocaust" and The Scarlet Letter.


Barbour’S Black Douglas, David Parkinson May 2017

Barbour’S Black Douglas, David Parkinson

Studies in Scottish Literature

A detailed discussion of the representation and characterization of Sir James Douglas ("Black Douglas") in John Barbour's poem The Bruce, examining the ways in which Barbour's Douglas is shown not only as the flower of chivalry, but also as a Robin Hood-like denizen of the woods, and arguing that "in the most highly colored Douglas episodes, Barbour feints toward the outrageous and transgressive," while also experimenting with his poem's literary structure to incorporate disruption or incursions from a disorderly non-courtly world.