Recent Review in Nineteenth-Century Studies (2009)

 

Regina Hewitt, "Redefining Scotland Three Hundred Years After the Act of Union." Nineteenth-Century Studies, vol. 23 (2009).

"The most directly topical book on the redefinition of Scotland is Caroline McCracken-Flesher's Culture, Nation, and the New Scottish Parliament, which might be characterized as a festschrift for that 'reconvened' legislative body... The thirteen essays are organized into three clusters meant to suggest a movement through history...to the dynamic present... and open future. Giving the collection an unusual degree of conherence, all the essays do, indeed, trace the movement of some cultural sign around the new Scottish Parliament. Of particular interest to scholars of the long nineteenth century are essays comparing the 1999 visit to Edinburgh by King George IV (1762-1830) arranged by Walter Scott to reinforce the Union as well as essays connecting the contemporary performance of Robert Burns' 'A Man's a Man for a' That' to bardic and folkloric traditions and essays interpreting the ongoing processes of national building in terms drawn from Scott's works... A new image of Scotland as diverse emerges from several essays ..." (107-8)

"Evan Gottlieb's Feeling British sets up a dialogue between Scottish and English authors over the possibilities of making the two countries more sympathetic toward each other. The essays in David Duff and Catherine Jones's Scotland, Ireland, and the Romantic Aesthetic turn dialogue into trialogue, moving beyond Celtic-English binaries to consider literary relations among the three countries...this volume sets aside the assumption that Scottish-Irish relations reflect wishes to court, evade, or compete for English attention and looks instead at how romantic-era writers and artists within those nations compared cultures" (115-6).

 

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