Monday, 14 September 2020

Patricia Joyce Wilson (1929-2020)

We were sorry to hear of the death of the Galt scholar Joyce Wilson and attach the following obituary written by her colleague David Jago:

Patricia Joyce Wilson (1929-2020)

Patricia Joyce Wilson, or Joyce, as she was always known, was on the staff of the Scottish College of Commerce, when it merged with the Royal College of Science and Technology to form the new University of Strathclyde in 1964, in which she became one of the founder-members of the Department of English Studies, under the chairmanship of Professor I.F. Clarke. Over the next four years, the new Department developed a four-year course leading to Honours, which covered the received canon and included the major figures in English literature. At the same time, the appointment of Douglas Gifford in 1967 helped to ensure that Scottish literature would always occupy a significant place on the undergraduate syllabus, with the result that several colleagues, including not only Joyce but Kenneth Simpson (The Protean Scot: The Crisis of Identity in Eighteenth Century Sottish Literature, 1988), Andrew Noble, John Redmond, and Michael Bath (Emblems in Scotland: Motifs and Meanings, 2018), developed teaching and research interests in the field. In 1968 the University awarded her the degree of Master of Letters for her thesis on The Fiction of Leonard Merrick, 1864-1939. In the following years, up to her retirement in 1994, she taught on a wide range of undergraduate classes, particularly on the 19th century Scottish novel, and in 1979 her chapter, “Ringan Gilhaize–a Neglected Masterpiece” appeared in Christopher Whatley’s John Galt 1779-1979. In 1984 her finely researched edition of Ringan Gilhaize appeared from Scottish Academic Press (Edinburgh). Joyce Wilson’s important contribution to Galt Studies, then, was to draw considerable renewed attention to Galt’s historical novel.

David Jago (Emeritus, Department of English Studies, University of Strathclyde)

Sunday, 28 June 2020

New EUP Titles available

We are delighted to see that the first two volumes in the Edinburgh University Press Galt project have now been published.  They are  
 
Annals of the Parish, edited and introduced by Bob Irvine

Three Short Novels - Glenfell, Andrew of Padua, and The Omen, edited and introduced by Angela Esterhammer.

They are available online at the EUP website, here.

During these difficult times it is always encouraging to see that this kind of work can still proceed, and we will keep you posted about other developments as well as new volumes as and when they are published.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

New article on 'Presbyterianism, "Scottish Literature," and John Galt's Annals of the Parish.'

A new article concerning Annals of the Parish has been published in Studies in Scottish Literature. Written by Bob Irvine (who was due to speak at our AGM before the lockdown intervened), the article is another excellent scholarly contribution to Galt's legacy.

The article can be downloaded for free on the SSL page, here.

The abstract:

In discussing religion in John Galt's novel about religious and social change in a small West of Scotland town between 1760 and 1820, suggests “Scottish literature” was forged, not in opposition to Calvinist theological ideas, but to the Kirk as a rival national institution, and that Scottish literature became "national," less through self-from the literature of another nation (England), than from another institution with a rival claim to represent the same nation, namely the established Scottish church.