Scotland and the Fictions of Geography [NOOK Book]

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Focusing on the relationship between England and Scotland and the interaction between history and geography, Penny Fielding explores how Scottish literature in the Romantic period was shaped by the understanding of place and space. The book examines geography as a form of regional, national and global definition, addressing national surveys, local stories, place-names and travel writing, and argues that the case of Scotland complicates the identification of Romanticism with the local. Fielding considers Scotland ...

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Scotland and the Fictions of Geography

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Overview

Focusing on the relationship between England and Scotland and the interaction between history and geography, Penny Fielding explores how Scottish literature in the Romantic period was shaped by the understanding of place and space. The book examines geography as a form of regional, national and global definition, addressing national surveys, local stories, place-names and travel writing, and argues that the case of Scotland complicates the identification of Romanticism with the local. Fielding considers Scotland as ‘North Britain’ in a period when the North of Europe was becoming a strong cultural and political identity, and explores ways in which Scotland was both formative and disruptive of British national consciousness. Containing studies of Robert Burns, Walter Scott and James Hogg, as well as the lesser-known figures of Anne Grant and Margaret Chalmers, this study discusses an exceptionally broad range of historical, geographical, scientific, linguistic, antiquarian and political writing from throughout North Britain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139810760
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 588 KB

Meet the Author

Penny Fielding is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Edinburgh. Previous books include an edition of Walter Scott, The Monastery (2000), and Writing and Orality: Nationality, Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Scottish Fiction (1996).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 North Britain 13

2 Burns, place and language 40

3 Great North Roads: The geometries of the nation 71

4 Antiquarianism and the inscription of the nation 101

5 Ultima Thule: The limits of the north 130

6 Norths: James Hogg and post-Enlightenment space 161

Noted 189

Bibliography 216

Index 230

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