George Buchanan: Poet and Dramatist
edited by Philip Ford and Roger P.H. Green
ISBN-13: 978-1-905125-36-4 ISBN-10: 1-905125-36-4, hardback, 380pp, 2009, GB£50
 
Educated in Scotland and France, George Buchanan became one of the most influential writers of 16th century Europe. Writing in the lingua franca of his time - Classical Latin - he was to be hailed internationally as `easily the prince of poets'. Here fifteen scholars, from many countries, analyse his writings, his creative use of ancient texts for contemporary purposes, and his impact on the culture of Scotland and of Europe - not least in the spheres of tragedy and music.
 
Contents
Buchanan's poetic achievement - Philip Ford
'Redundant' epithets in Buchanan's Pastorals - Robert Cummings
Literary metamorphosis in Buchanan's De Sphaera - Emma Gee
The writing of memory in George Buchanan's Iusta - Nathalie Catellani-Dufrêne
Homo exsul as the lyric persona in Buchanan's Psalms - Elwira Buszewicz
The Heavens are Telling: a Psalm-paraphrase-poem analysed - Roger Green
The historical importance of Jean Servin's settings of Buchanan's Psalm Paraphrases - James Porter
Buchanan's Psalms and the musical settings by Statius Olthof - Margaret Duncumb
Buchanan's tragedies and contemporary dramatic theory - Giacomo Cardinali
Biblical inspiration in Buchanan's tragedies - Carine Ferradou
Buchanan and the poetics of borrowing in the Latin translation of Euripides' Medea - Jean-Frédéric Chevalier
'Translating' Buchanan - Ronnie Jack
Drama out of the 'closet': Buchanan on stage - Jamie Reid Baxter
'Return, Buchanan!' The Letter of Walter Dennistoun to George Buchanan and Buchanan's Reply - Jack MacQueen
Dry Bones of Contention? Picking apart Buchanan's Psalms - Roger Green
George Buchanan's Half Millennium - Robert Crawford