This collection of essays explores the role played by imaginative writing in the Scottish Enlightenment and its interaction with the values and activities of that movement. Across a broad range of areas via specially commissioned essays by experts in each field, the volume examines the reciprocal traffic between the groundbreaking intellectual project of eighteenth-century Scotland and the imaginative literature of the period, demonstrating that the innovations made by the Scottish literati laid the foundations for developments in imaginative writing in Scotland and further afield. In doing so, it provide a context for the widespread revaluation of the literary culture of the Scottish Enlightenment and the part that culture played in the project of Enlightenment.
About the Author
Ralph McLean is curator of manuscripts for the Long Eighteenth Century at the National Library of Scotland.
The late Ken Simpson (1943–2013) was a distinguished scholar of Scottish Literature and expert on Robert Burns.
Ronnie Young teaches Scottish Enlightenment at the University of Glasgow.
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1: “Winged Horses, Fiery Dragons and Monstrous Giants”: Historiography and Imaginative Literature in the Scottish Enlightenment by David Allan
Chapter 2: Regulating Reality By Imagination:Fact, Fiction, and Travel in the Scottish Enlightenment by Pam Perkins
Chapter 3: Tobias Smollett, Travel Writing, and Medical Botany by Catherine Jones
Chapter 4: Balladry and the Scottish Enlightenment by Ruth Perrry
Chapter 5: Enlightenment and Ecclesiastical Satire before Burns by Colin Kidd
Chapter 6: “Sympathetick Curiosity”: Drama, Moral Thought, and the Science of Human Nature by Ronnie Young
Chapter 7: Hugh Blair and the Influence of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres on Imaginative Literature by Ralph Mclean
Chapter 8: In Pursuit of “Moral Beauty” and Intellectual Pleasures: Dugald Stewart and Edinburgh’s Literary Culture, 1762–1810 by Charles Bradford Bow
Chapter 9: The Mirror Club:Periodicals as Tastemakers in Eighteenth-Century Scotland by Corey E. Andrews
Chapter 10: “A Scotch Poetical Library”: The Morisons of Perth, Print Culture, and the Construction of an Enlightenment Scottish Literary Canon by Sandro Jung
Chapter 11: Fingal Meets Vercingetorix:'ssianism, Celtomania, and the Transformation of French National Identity in Post-Revolutionary France by Deidre Dawson
Chapter 12: The Scottish Enlightenment and American Literary Culture by Andrew Hook
Chapter 13: Scottish Enlightenment Concepts of Equity in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel by Sarah Winter
About The Contributors