A Dutch Man Looks at the Thistle

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A Dutch Man Looks at the Thistle: European dimensions of earlier Scots literature, and how they matter to present-day Scotland

A talk by Dr Theo Van Heijnsbergen (University of Glasgow)

Too many modern readings of pre-nineteenth-century literature in Scots are based on careless Romantic assumptions, perpetuated by lazy reading. If we truly seek to re-connect with that earlier literature and link it meaningfully to present-day Scottish culture, we need to unedit ourselves as readers and commit to reading that literature afresh, as it was read at the time, in a European context. Expect to be reformatted, for good.

The Scottish Literature International Lecture is sponsored by Michael Russell MSP. ASLS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Scottish Government towards this event.




Image: Verdure with Thistles (tapestry; Netherlands/Flanders, c. 1490–1520), the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.
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