Manuscript to Print: Changing Practices in Medieval to Early-Modern Scotland
Vice-Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor of English David Parkinson is fascinated by literature's transformative reflection of social change. Studying Scotland between 1450 and 1650, Parkinson focuses on the interplay between manuscript and print in the transmission of tradition. In this interplay he seeks to understand how literature might respond to change.
The first century of the Reformation in Scotland was irrevocably marked by complex processes of integration and repudiation. The persistence of the comic forms and highly ornamented verbal display of the previous decades captured Parkinson's interest.
Parkinson's research has resulted in editions of the works of three Scottish poets of the period, an edited collection of essays, and numerous articles.