restricted access Untrammelled by Theory: Susan Ferrier’s Polyphonic Vision of Scotland and the Union in Marriage


Writing at a time when the National Tale was both a flourishing genre and a label frequently used as subtitle, Susan Ferrier might seem to have chosen to focus her attention on domesticity rather than on national issues when she entitled her first work Marriage. A Novel. However, Ferrier does not content herself with analysing gender relationships, she also portrays Anglo-Scottish relationships, a century after the Act of Union. This paper aims to analyse the parallels she establishes between conjugal and political unions, as well as the extent to which her own gender may have affected her political views and her ways of expressing them.