Scotland and the 19th-Century World

The nineteenth century is often read as a time of retreat and diffusion in Scottish literature under the overwhelming influence of British identity. Scotland and the 19th-Century World presents Scottish literature as altogether more dynamic, with narratives of Scottish identity working beyond the merely imperial. This collection of essays by leading international scholars highlights Scottish literary intersections with North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. James Macpherson, Francis Jeffrey, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and John Davidson feature alongside other major literary and cultural figures in this groundbreaking volume.

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"Reciprocal haunting is what this book achieves… The volume celebrates Douglas Gifford, and he continues his many contributions to the study of Scottish literature with an opening chapter that at once seems haunted by the critical past, yet determined to move on. The Kailyard still takes its knocks, but Gifford cracks open the canon he helped establish in the 1988 History of Scottish Literature to reveal a cornucopia of alternate authors, texts, and critical perspectives." – Caroline McCracken-Flesher, University of Wyoming, in: The Bottle Imp
"One of the most striking things about this volume is its matter-of-fact comparativism, an approach that both evokes and helps establish a ‘new’ Scottish studies that is introspective without seeming introverted. The editors’ excellent introductory chapter, for example, rebuts the ‘old’ narrative of the “wasteland” of nineteenth-century [Scottish] literature’, while the insightful chapter that follows, by Douglas Gifford, sets forth a revisionist account of the famed ‘Scottish Renaissance’ that paints a picture of a complementary rather than (more stereotypically) antagonistic relationship between the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." – Matthew Wickman, Brigham Young University, Utah, in: Scottish Literary Review 5/2 (2013), pp. 127-9
"This book is innovative and rigorously researched with an animated introduction. […] The volume considers exchanges between Scotland and America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, looking not only at reciprocal cultural influences but also at what literary constructions reveal about the nature of Scottish society." – Valerie Wallace, Victoria University of Wellington, in Victorian Studies 56/3 Spring (2014), pp. 571-573
Gerard Carruthers, David Goldie and Alastair Renfrew: Introduction
Douglas Gifford: Preparing for Renaissance: Revaluing Nineteenth-Century Scottish Literature
Andrew Hook: Scotland, the USA, and National Literatures in the Nineteenth Century
Pam Perkins: Reviewing America: Francis Jeffrey, The Edinburgh Review and the United States
Suzanne Gilbert: Alliance and Defiance in Scottish and American Outlaw-Hero Ballads
Susan Manning: Lateral Literary Biography: Robert Fergusson, Herman Melville and “Bartleby”
Trevor Royle: The Military Kailyard: The Iconography of the Nineteenth-Century Soldier
Michael Fry: “The Key to their Hearts”: Scottish Orientalism
Richard Finlay: Exporting the Covenant: Scottish Missionary Tales and Africa, c.1870–c.1920
Johnny Rodger: From Slogan to Clan: Three Fragments from the Evolving Scottish/Germanic Literary Relations of the Romantic Period
Ritchie Robertson: Nietzsche in Glasgow: Alexander Tille, John Davidson and Edwin Muir
Kenneth Simpson: “The great affair is to move”: Stevenson’s Journeys
Sarah Dunnigan: The Enchanted Worlds of Scott, Scotland, and the Grimms