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.
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