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Scotland, Britain, empire : writing the Highlands, 1760-1860

Author: Kenneth McNeil
Publisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Scotland, Britain, Empire takes on a cliche 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McNeil, Kenneth.
Scotland, Britain, empire.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608120433
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth McNeil
ISBN: 9780814210475 0814210473 9780814291276 0814291279
OCLC Number: 71004216
Notes: This work examines representation of the Scottish Highlands in the Romantic and early Victorian periods, the call for preserving the Scottish national identity while being part of the British union.
Description: viii, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: "Native tongue": Ossian, national origins, and the problem of translation --
Roby Roy and the King's visit: modernity and the nation-as-tribe --
Britain's "Imperial man": Walter Scott, David Stewart, and Highland masculinity --
"Petticoated devils": Highland soldiers, martial races, and the Indian mutiny --
"Not absolutely a native nor entirely a strange": Anne Grant, Queen Victoria, and the Highland travelogue.
Responsibility: Kenneth McNeil.
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"Scotland, Britain, Empire takes on a cliche 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."--Jacket.

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