In the 18th century the appearance of the poems ascribed to Ossian triggered a great interest in national literatures and inspired generations of (pre)romantic poets worldwide. This volume attempts to reconstitute the philological context to shed more light on Ossian and national epic in general and its development in European literature.
Gerald Bar is Assistant Professor at the Universidade Aberta (Portugal). He teaches German Studies and Comparative Literature. His publications include various articles on the reception of Ossian, an anthology of Portuguese Ossian-translations and several studies on the motif of the double. Howard Gaskill taught German language and literature from 1969 to 2001 at the University of Edinburgh where he is now Honorary Fellow. His research interests have focused on German poets of the Romantic era, in particular Holderlin, and Scottish-German literary relations, notably German Ossianism.