Scotland as We Know It: Representations of National Identity in Literature, Film and Popular Culture

Overview

Spanning more than 100 years of cultural history, this book examines the ways that representations of Scottish identity in Scotland and abroad have influenced and responded to the rapid changes of modernity since 1890. Popular representations of Scottish national, ethnic, and cultural identity are in abundance not only in Scotland, but also in the United States, Canada, and throughout the Anglophone settler nations of the world.

The author argues that Scotland's history, ...

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Overview

Spanning more than 100 years of cultural history, this book examines the ways that representations of Scottish identity in Scotland and abroad have influenced and responded to the rapid changes of modernity since 1890. Popular representations of Scottish national, ethnic, and cultural identity are in abundance not only in Scotland, but also in the United States, Canada, and throughout the Anglophone settler nations of the world.

The author argues that Scotland's history, traditions, and bloodlines have served as ideological battlegrounds for Scots and non-Scots alike to give voice to fantasies of pre-industrial communities and to the realities of working class life. Linking a range of nationalist renditions of Scottish culture, including poetry, film, folklore studies, clan organizations, and popular fiction, this volume shows the importance of Scotland to our present understanding of class, gender, race, and national identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786440313
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Zumkhawala-Cook teaches literature and writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. His work on traveling cultures of all kinds has appeared in ELH and in Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Study. He has written articles on Virginia Woolf, on Hindi song-and-dance sequences, and on Mina Loy.

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Table of Contents


1 Scottish Nationality and Tartan Culture 5
2 The Homely Kailyard Nation 28
3 Masculinizing the Kailyard: The Scottish Renaissance and the New Nation 68
4 The Mark of Global Scottishness: Heritage Identity and the Tartan Monster 108
5 Heroes, Thugs and Legends: Celluloid Scotland at Century's End 145 Epilogue 175 Chapter Notes 183 Bibliography 195 Index 203
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