Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- II: -- THE HUMANITIES
- PART TWO
- 24 -- ENGLISH LITERATURE
- ANGLO-SAXON, GAELIC, WELSH, CORNISH, AND MANX HOLDINGS

ANGLO-SAXON, GAELIC, WELSH, CORNISH, AND MANX HOLDINGS

Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman texts are generally represented in their best forms with adequate critical apparatus; classics of Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, and Welsh literatures are available in definitive editions. Modern literature in these languages is most extensive for materials published after 1949; holdings prior to 1949 are uneven, although substantial runs of scholarly periodicals are available. The library has a complete set of the Scottish Text Society publications (Scottish literature in English is not separately treated in this Guide ). There is an extensive collection centering on James Macpherson's Ossian and the Ossianic controversy, with many translations, particularly into the German.24 Welsh literature is represented by runs of the journals Y Geninen, Cymru, and Y Llenor and by critical editions of the classics in the language. Since the 1960s the library has acquired a substantial proportion of the output in that language, both literary and scientific, as well as writings in Cornish; there are also publications in Manx.