Magic and identity in older Scots romance

Caddick, Ruth Helen (2015). Magic and identity in older Scots romance. University of Birmingham. M.Res.

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Magic and the supernatural are widely recognised as key motifs of the medieval romance genre, yet thus far almost no scholarly attention has been given to their roles in the Older Scots romances of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-centuries. This thesis seeks to redress this critical neglect, contextualising itself within the emerging field of Older Scots romance studies and building upon previous investigations of the supernatural within medieval romance. I argue throughout this thesis that magic and the supernatural in Older Scots romance are intrinsically linked to the development of identity, and that different aspects of the supernatural, from the prophetic to the faerie to the demonic, affect identity in different ways. Furthermore, this thesis demonstrates that in linking the concept of identity with magical and supernatural events, Older Scots romances engage with the themes of kingship and good governance that are essential to Older Scots literature more widely, marking these romances as a corpus of texts which show a distinctively Scottish response to magic and the supernatural.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Res.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Res.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of English Literature
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PR English literature


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