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Scotland, Britain, Empire takes on a cliché that permeates writing from and about the literature of the Scottish Highlands. Popular and influential in its time, this literature fell into disrepute for circulating a distorted and deforming myth that aided in Scotland’s marginalization by consigning Scottish culture into the past while drawing a mist over harsher realities. Kenneth McNeil invokes recent work in postcolonial studies to show how British writers of the Romantic period were actually shaping a more complex national and imperial consciousness. He discusses canonical works—the works of James Macpherson and Sir Walter Scott—and noncanonical and nonliterary works—particularly in the fields of historiography, anthropology, and sociology. This book calls for a rethinking of the “romanticization” of the Highlands and shows that Scottish writing on the Highlands reflects the unique circumstances of a culture simultaneously feeling the weight of imperial “anglobalization” while playing a vital role in its inception. While writers from both sides of the Highland line looked to the traditions, language, and landscape of the Highlands to define their national character, the Highlands were deemed the space of the primitive—like other spaces around the globe brought under imperial sway. But this concern with the value and fate of indigenousness was in fact a turn to the modern.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 1. "Native Tongue": Ossian, National Origins, and the Problem of Translation
  2. pp. 25-50
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  1. 2. Rob Roy and the King's Visit: Modernity and the Nation-as-Tribe
  2. pp. 51-82
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  1. 3. Britain's "Imperial Man": Walter Scott, David Stewart, and Highland Masculinity
  2. pp. 83-116
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  1. 4. "Petticoated Devils": Highland Soldiers, Martial Races, and the Indian Mutiny
  2. pp. 117-145
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  1. 5. "Not Absolutely a Native nor Entirely a Stranger": Anne Grant, Queen Victoria, and the Highland Travelogue
  2. pp. 146-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-221
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-228
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272305
Related ISBN
9780814210475
MARC Record
OCLC
1229137955
Pages
228
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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