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‘Mediaeval Glasgow in Scottish Literature’ – a lecture by Prof. Gerry Carruthers

7 January, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0

A lecture given by Prof. Gerry Carruthers of the University of Glasgow


This lecture on Glasgow’s history considers the depiction of Scotland’s great city of the west in the literature of the Middle Ages before moving on to consider continuity and change in its literary depiction in Reformation and Renaissance periods. A new ‘Medievalism’ pervades Scottish culture from the eighteenth down to the twenty-first century and the discussion considers the motivations and values of this Neo-Medievalism. The lecture attempts to locate Glasgow in its earliest through to its latest literary depictions, arguing that its ‘Medieval identity’ continues to haunt one of the great metropolises of the post-industrial world.

The lecture will be shown as part of a Zoom event and will be followed by a Q&A for which you can send in questions during the broadcast.

Professor Gerry Carruthers is the Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. He was lecturer in the Department of English Studies, University of Strathclyde (1995-2000), and Research Fellow at the Centre for Walter Scott Studies, University of Aberdeen (1993-5). He is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and of St Andrew’s College of Education, Glasgow. His PhD thesis was on ‘The Invention of Scottish Literature During the Long Eighteenth Century’.


Mediaeval Glasgow Trust