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HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies)  Volume 21, 2015
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies ( is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen, Hungary and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. Editor: Donald E. Morse. Part of volume 21 (2015) will be devoted to Scottish Studies; guest editor: Attila Dósa (University of Miskolc, Hungary).

Scottish Studies: Where is the Field Now?

In Scotland, the last few decades saw two referenda on the decentralisation of political decision-making and the country is now on the doorstep of a third referendum to gain independence. The growing self-confidence in politics has been matched with a growing confidence in fields of cultural production including, most notably, literature. Though political notions of nationalism seem to have been losing ground in certain contexts, it is hard to see the 2014 referendum as other than a wished-for
(at least by some) culmination for the age-old struggle for self-determination. At the same time, literature seems to have entered a post-national phase and critical discourses currently in vogue have been using the rhetoric of hybridism and diversity with an aim to divest it of essentialist or nationalist undertones even though Scottish literature was especially rich in both in the 1970s–1980s. Due to recent changes in politics and an impressive growth of literary production, and with the expansion of the field of Scottish Studies over the borders of Scotland, in the past few decades criticism has followed suit and theoretical structures are being revised or done with altogether at great speed. But where is the field now?

HJEAS invites contributions exploring the present state of Scottish Studies with reference but not limited to the following topics:

  • Theory and reading: constructing, transforming, restructuring and transgressing critical frameworks in the study of Scottish literature
  • Nation and identification: from national identity to trans-national reference points in Scottish literature and in Scottish literary criticism
  • Narratives and counter-narratives of identity and independence: literature, sociology and journalism; oral, written and visual rhetoric; print and e-texts
  • Theory and society: translating social realities to literary criticism and back
  • The referendum of 2014: present political debates of independence in and outside Scotland; radicalism and conservatism; age groups; role of the popular media; humour and rhetoric of hate
  • Text and image: textual and visual representations of aspects of social realities in Scotland in the present; institutions versus e-communities

Please send a proposal (200 words) accompanied by a short CV to the guest editor, Attila Dósa

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2014
Delivery of completed papers: 31 August 2014

Contributions should conform to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook. Contributions on history may use the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Further information on formatting:

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Facets of Scottish Identity

Fa­cets of Scot­tish Identity

Edited by Iza­bela Szy­mańska and Aniela Korzeniowska

szkoci_facetsWith glo­ba­li­sa­tion and mul­ti­cul­tu­ra­lism in­cre­asingly in­flu­en­cing mo­dern so­cie­ties, the issue of iden­tity is ga­ining new di­men­sions, and aca­demic re­se­arch on iden­tity is ga­ining new mo­mentum. The topic of iden­tity finds its place in a vast array of aca­demic di­sci­plines, in­c­lu­ding psy­cho­logy, so­cio­logy, eth­no­logy and cul­tural an­th­ro­po­logy, hi­story and po­li­tical stu­dies, lin­gu­istics, li­te­rary and cul­tural stu­dies. The pro­blem of se­ar­ching for and expres­sing the iden­tity of in­di­vi­duals and na­tions sur­faces in so­cial and po­li­tical life, in­c­lu­ding edu­ca­tion, as well as in li­te­ra­ture, ar­chi­tec­ture and the arts.

This vo­lume of­fers a va­riety of ana­lyses and views con­cer­ning Scot­tish iden­tity. Sco­tland may be con­si­dered one of the most vivid exam­ples of the issue of iden­tity in­spi­ring aca­demic re­flec­tion and re­se­arch from di­verse per­spec­tives due to the country’s in­tri­cate po­li­tical, so­cial, lin­gu­istic and li­te­rary hi­story, as well as to its tro­ubled re­la­tion­ships with En­gland and its com­plex re­la­tion­ships with Eu­rope. [from In­tro­duc­tion]


Table of Contents 

Iza­bela Szy­mańska, Aniela Korzeniowska

In­tro­duc­tion: Per­spec­tives on Scot­tish Identity

Part I. Con­struc­tions of Scot­tish Identity

Piotr Stal­masz­czyk

The Lin­gu­istic Hi­story of Sco­tland. Focus on Gaelic

Alina Do­roch

Scot­tish Ga­elic as a Me­dium of Uphol­ding Na­tional Identity

Ka­ta­rzyna Ko­ciołek

Vir­tual Iden­tity of Ulster-​Scots

Mi­chał Ma­zur­kie­wicz

Sport in Sco­tland. A Brief Study of a Cer­tain Aspect of Scottishness

Mo­nika Izbaner

Mr and Mrs Sco­tland Are Not Dead – Re­sta­ting Scottishness

Part II. Scot­tish Iden­tity in Li­te­rary Discourse

Mario Ebest

Co­ming to Terms with the Agony of the Hi­gh­land Cle­arances – or Not? An Ana­lysis of Two No­vels from the Point of View of Traumatisation

 Mo­nika Liro

The Quest for Norse Roots. Ork­ney­inga Saga in George Mackay Brown’s No­vels and Short Stories

Do­mi­nika Le­wan­dowska

Alas­dair Gray’s 1982, Ja­nine and James Kelman’s How late it was, how late as Acts of Li­te­rary Resistance

Mo­nika Szuba

In­side and Out­side: Scot­ti­sh­ness, Be­twe­en­ness, and Plu­ra­lity in Jackie Kay’s Poetry

Part III. Fe­mi­nist Re­in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Scot­tish Identity

Ewa Szymańska-​Sabala

Genre(s) Re­vi­sited by Gender. Ja­nice Galloway’s Con­struc­tive In­fu­sion in Fo­reign Parts

Ka­ta­rzyna Pi­sarska

Re­turn from the Un­der­world: the Hero(ine) Jo­urney in Alan Warner’s Mo­rvern Callar

 Glenda No­rquay

Re­pre­sen­ta­tions and the Re­pre­sen­ta­tive: Twen­tieth Cen­tury Explo­ra­tions of Gender from North East Scotland

Part IV. Con­struals of Scottishness

Woj­ciech Le­wan­dowski

Scot­smen versus En­gli­shmen: An­cient An­ta­go­nisms as De­picted in a Bel­gian Comic Book

Lu­cyna Krawczyk-​Żywko

‘We­re­wo­lves in Kilts’: The Not So Ste­am­punked Sco­tland in Gail Carriger’s Pa­rasol Pro­tec­to­rate Series

 Uwe Za­gratzki

The Per­cep­tion of Sco­tland in Mo­dern Germany

Mał­go­rzata Czajka

Stran­ge­ness and Fear: De­co­ding the Scot­ti­sh­ness of Sandy Stranger

Part V. Images of Scotland

Sła­womir Wą­cior

From Slate to Ju­piter – Po­etic Pat­terns of Edwin Morgan’s Son­nets from Scotland

Paweł Rut­kowski

Sco­tland as the Land of Seers: the Scot­tish Se­cond Sight at the Turn of the Eigh­te­enth Century

An­drzej We­se­liński

The Su­per­na­tural in Scot­tish Folktales

Mar­kéta Gre­go­rová

To­wards a He­te­ro­gloin the Scot­tish Novel

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Scotland in Europe/Europe in Scotland

Sco­tland in Eu­rope /​Eu­rope in Scotland

Links – Dia­lo­gues – Analogies

Edited by Aniela Ko­rze­niowska and Iza­bela Szymańska

szkoci_euroOver the cen­tu­ries the links be­tween Sco­tland and Eu­rope, not to men­tion the much wider world beyond the Eu­ro­pean con­ti­nent, have had a va­ried hi­story, with Scots emi­gra­ting to all cor­ners of the globe and ma­king a si­gni­fi­cant im­pact on the co­un­tries in which they have set­tled. At the same time, Scots at home, with their in­te­rest in the hu­ma­ni­ties and science and what lies beyond their own bor­ders have given the world a great deal in di­sco­ve­ries, le­ar­ning, cul­ture and the arts, at the same time al­ways being ready to learn, borrow from others, and take ad­van­tage of what could bro­aden their own ho­ri­zons. The Scots in cer­tain pe­riods in the past formed a very si­gni­fi­cant pre­sence out­side their own home co­untry, whe­reas in Sco­tland, edu­ca­tion, cul­ture and the arts de­ve­loped and expanded also thanks to what was in con­stant flux just over their own border as well as fur­ther afield, in Eu­rope par­ti­cu­larly. Re­la­tions be­tween the Scots and the Eu­ro­pean con­ti­nent have al­ways in­ter­woven. The latter has al­ways been a vi­sible pre­sence in Sco­tland whe­reas the Eu­ro­peans have also never been in­dif­fe­rent to the Scots. [from In­tro­duc­tion]

Table of Contents

Aniela Ko­rze­niowska, Iza­bela Szy­mańska

In­tro­duc­tion: Sco­tland and Eu­rope Interwoven

Part I. Sco­tland in Europe

Paweł Han­czewski

Sco­tland in Eu­ro­pean Politics

Wal­demar Ko­walski

Sco­tland, the Scot­tish Dia­spora, and the Wider World in Re­cent Historiography

Ka­ta­rzyna Kło­sińska

The Suc­ces­sors of Flo­rence Ni­gh­tin­gale. Scot­tish Women on the World War I We­stern Front

Petra Jo­hana Pon­ca­rová

A Tale of a City: Edwin Muir and Prague

J. Der­rick McC­lure

Ap­pro­aches to Trans­la­tion in Iain Galbraith’s Be­redter Norden

Part II. Sco­tland in Poland

Marta Crickmar

Scro­oges and Smug­glers – a Potted Hi­story of the Scot­tish Pre­sence in Poland

Jo­anna Ko­pa­czyk

Scot­tish Pa­pers in Early Mo­dern Po­land: a New Re­so­urce for Hi­sto­rical Linguists

Ka­ta­rzyna Gmerek

Sco­tland in the Eyes of Two Po­lish Lady Tra­vel­lers (1790 and 1858)

Barry Keane

Poland’s First Stage Ad­ap­ta­tions of Ar­thur Conan Doyle’s Sher­lock Holmes

Iza­bela Szy­mańska

The Image of Sco­tland in the 1955 Po­lish Trans­la­tion of Kid­napped by R. L. Stevenson

Aniela Ko­rze­niowska

James Kelman’s Po­lish 2011 Début with Jak późno było, jak późno (How late it was, how late) and Its Po­si­tion wi­thin the Po­lish Li­te­rary Polysystem

Part III. Eu­rope in Scotland

Krzysztof For­doński

Neo-​Latin Po­etry in Eighteenth-​Century Sco­tland – John Pin­kerton Trans­lates Ma­ciej Ka­zi­mierz Sarbiewski

Ste­wart San­derson

The Moon and the Pa­thetic Fal­lacy’: Gu­il­laume Apol­li­naire and the Scot­tish Renaissance

Mar­gery Palmer McCul­loch

From Mac­Diarmid and Morgan to Lo­ch­head and Kay: Bards, Ra­di­cals, and the Place of Eu­rope in Mo­dern Scot­tish Poetry

Part IV. Sco­tland and Europe

Bar­bara Ko­walik

Ani­mals as Signs for So­cie­ties and Ru­lers: a Com­pa­rison of Ro­bert Hen­ryson and Biernat of Lu­blin, with Re­fe­rence to Geof­frey Chaucer

Mał­go­rzata Grze­go­rzewska

En­glish Rose(s) in the Gar­dens of Early Mo­dern Scot­tish Poetry

Do­rota Ba­bilas

Queen Victoria’s (Re)discovery of Scotland

Jerzy Jar­nie­wicz

‘Oh, poet, give me so­me­thing I can see and touch’. Con­crete Po­etry in Sco­tland and Its In­ter­na­tional Context


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Boundless Scotland: Space in Contemporary Scottish Fiction


There is too much contact in the world. Too much intertwined. Maybe it is true that we all depend on one another, that everything in the world depends on everything else – but we also depend on the spaces in between.We need the spaces, because the spaces are where the order lies.

John Burnside

In the collection of essays Boundless Scotland. Space in Contemporary Scottish Fiction we wish to open up new perspectives on Scottish literature and examine how it challenges the traditional demarcations concerning space in all its aspects. We aim to provide an opportunity for a discussion about the ever-changing relationship between space and place, as well as that between time and spatiality. We invite proposals of a theoretical character as well as those concerning a particular author or an individual text. Contributions should concern Scottish literature in the last three decades and may offer various approaches to text analysis. Articles may address the following themes:

  • semiosphere
  • literary space
  • semantic space
  • chronotope
  • spatial language
  • production of space
  • spatial forms
  • inner spaces
  • union/disunion
  • betweenness
  • gaps
  • liminality
  • locality
  • territoriality
  • spatial relationships
  • contested spaces
  • cityscapes
  • borders
  • dwelling places
  • poetics of space
  • regions
  • maps
  • utopian spaces
  • forms of Scotland

Articles of c. 5,000 words should be sent by 1 December 2013 to

between.pomiędzy is a series of publications produced under the aegis of the Textual Studies Research Group of the University of Gdańsk and BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY. The series contains both themed collections of essays and monographs. Books may be in Polish or in English. Its aim is to make accessible scholarship that addresses important issues in modern and contemporary English-language literature, and also scholarship that deals with substantial theoretical issues that are of interest to specialists in other fields of literary study.

Publications in the “between.pomiędzy” series are particularly focused on form, as conceived in a broad sense, but the series remains open to scholarship that approaches literature in different but complementary ways.

The overall name of the series “between.pomiędzy” indicates its commitment to work that looks at texts on the borders between genres and kinds, between historical periods and movements, and between national and linguistic cultures.

For further information, see:

The series includes the following studies:

1. Samuel Beckett. Tradycja-awangarda., ed. Tomasz Wiśniewski (in Polish, 2012);

2. Back to the Beckett Text, ed. Tomasz Wiśniewski (in English, 2012);

3. Poeci współcześni. Poeci przeszłości, ed. Monika Szuba and Tomasz Wiśniewski (in Polish, 2013);

4. Poets of the Past. Poets of the Present, ed. Monika Szuba and Tomasz Wiśniewski (in English, 2013).