restricted access Scotland, ‘Greater Britain’, and the Kailyardic Contra(-)diction

This article seeks to discuss the bonds between Scotland and the loose Anglophone union of an imperial ‘Greater Britain’ during the later-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through an analysis of the manifestation of Scottish Lowland language and literary devices termed the kailyardic contra(-)diction, this investigation asserts the interconnections between Scotland, the British empire, and the ‘Anglo-world’. From the mid-nineteenth century, certain linguistic tropes served to favourably distinguish Scots within the bounds of a global ‘Greater Britain’ whilst simultaneously aligning notions of Scottish cultural exceptionalism with assumptions of the social and ‘racial’ prestige of an overarching British imperialism.