The International Companion to James Macpherson and the Poems of Ossian

Edited by Dafydd Moore

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This International Companion examines the social, political and philosophical context of Macpherson's "poems of Ossian", their disputed origins, their impact on world literature, and the various critical afterlives of Macpherson and his creations.

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies

The Association for Scottish Literary Studies is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. To these ends, ASLS publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing.

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James Macpherson's "poems of Ossian", first published from 1760 as Fragments of Ancient Poetry, were the literary sensation of the age. Attacked by Samuel Johnson and others as "forgeries", nonetheless the poems enthralled readers around the world, attracting rapturous admiration from such figures as diverse as Goethe, Diderot, Jefferson, Bonaparte and Mendelssohn. This International Companion examines the social, political and philosophical context of the poems, their disputed origins, their impact on world literature, and the various critical afterlives of Macpherson and of "Ossian".

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Format Paperback
Imprint The Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Publication Date 21 Feb 2017
ISBN 9781908980199
Number of Pages 256

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Moore's volume has an appropriate sense of itself as a canon-making device, covering many of the key aspects of Macpherson's work, summarizing the extant critical debate while introducing new developments. It will make a valuable teaching aid, while there is also plenty here to exercise experts in the field.

Ossian has been in need of a companion for as long as he has been telling the tales of other times. Thanks to Dafydd Moore, he now has a very congenial one: slim, engaging and wonderfully sympathetic.

This collection of essays sheds important new light on a uniquely experimental body of poetry that continues to bind together a complex of dislocations, re-mediations, transcreations, and, yes, translations: in the vagaries of language and on the surfaces of the page, the canvas, and the landscape.

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