In this Book

“Can Scotland be considered an English colony? Is its experience and literature comparable to that of overseas postcolonial countries? Or are such comparisons no more than patriotic victimology to mask Scottish complicity in the British Empire and justify nationalism? These questions have been heatedly debated in recent years, especially in the run-up to the 2014 referendum on independence, and remain topical amid continuing campaigns for more autonomy and calls for a post-Brexit “indyref2.” Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination offers a general introduction to the emerging field of postcolonial Scottish studies, assessing both its potential and limitations in order to promote further interdisciplinary dialogue. Accessible to readers from various backgrounds, the book combines overviews of theoretical, social, and cultural contexts with detailed case studies of literary and nonliterary texts. The main focus is on internal divisions between the anglophone Lowlands and traditionally Gaelic Highlands, which also play a crucial role in Scottish–English relations. Silke Stroh shows how the image of Scotland’s Gaelic margins changed under the influence of two simultaneous developments: the emergence of the modern nation-state and the rise of overseas colonialism.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-32
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  1. Chapter 1. The Modern Nation-State and Its Others: Civilizing Missions at Home and Abroad, ca. 1600 to 1800
  2. pp. 33-76
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  1. Chapter 2. Anglophone Literature of Civilization and the Hybridized Gaelic Subject: Martin Martin’s Travel Writings
  2. pp. 77-112
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  1. Chapter 3. The Reemergence of the Primitive Other?: Noble Savagery and the Romantic Age
  2. pp. 113-140
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  1. Chapter 4. From Flirtations with Romantic Otherness to a More Integrated National Synthesis: “Gentleman Savages” in Walter Scott’s Novel Waverley
  2. pp. 141-184
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  1. Chapter 5. Of Celts and Teutons: Racial Biology and Anti-Gaelic Discourse, ca. 1780–1860
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. Chapter 6. Racist Reversals: Appropriating Racial Typology in Late Nineteenth-Century Pro-Gaelic Discourse
  2. pp. 213-246
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-304
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 305-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-331
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