Scottish and Irish Romanticism

Paperback | June 10, 2011

byMurray Pittock

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Scottish and Irish Romanticism is the first single-author book to address the main non-English Romanticisms of the British Isles. Murray Pittock begins by questioning the terms of his chosen title as he searches for a definition of Romanticism and for the meaning of 'national literature'. Heproposes certain determining 'triggers' for the recognition of the presence of a national literature, and also deals with two major problems which are holding back the development of a new and broader understanding of British Isles Romanticisms: the survival of outdated assumptions in ostensiblymore modern paradigms, and a lack of understanding of the full range of dialogues and relationships across the literatures of these islands. The theorists whose works chiefly inform the book are Bakhtin, Fanon and Habermas, although they do not define its arguments, and an alertness to the ways inwhich other literary theories inform each other is present throughout the book.Pittock examines in turn the historiography, prejudices, and assumptions of Romantic criticism to date, and how our unexamined prejudices still stand in the way of our understanding of individual traditions and the dialogues between them. He then considers Allan Ramsay's role in song-collecting,hybridizing high cultural genres with broadside forms, creating in synthetic Scots a 'language really used by men', and promoting a domestic public sphere. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss the Scottish and Irish public spheres in the later eighteenth century, together with the struggle for control overnational pasts, and the development of the cults of Romance, the Picturesque and Sentiment: Macpherson, Thomson, Owenson and Moore are among the writers discussed. Chapter 5 explores the work of Robert Fergusson and his contemporaries in both Scotland and Ireland, examining questions of literaryhybridity across not only national but also linguistic borders, while Chapter 6 provides a brief literary history of Burns' descent into critical neglect combined with a revaluation of his poetry in the light of the general argument of the book. Chapter 7 analyzes the complexities of the linguisticand cultural politics of the national tale in Ireland through the work of Maria Edgeworth, while the following chapter considers of Scott in relation to the national tale, Enlightenment historiography, and the European nationalities question. Chapter 9 looks at the importance of the Gothic inScottish and Irish Romanticism, particularly in the work of James Hogg and Charles Maturin, while Chapter 10, 'Fratriotism', explores a new concept in the manner in which Scottish and Irish literary, political and military figures of the period related to Empire.

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Scottish and Irish Romanticism is the first single-author book to address the main non-English Romanticisms of the British Isles. Murray Pittock begins by questioning the terms of his chosen title as he searches for a definition of Romanticism and for the meaning of 'national literature'. Heproposes certain determining 'triggers' for t...

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has formerly held senior appointments in Scottish and English literature at the universities of Manchester, Edinburgh and Strathclyde. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the English Association, the Royal Historical Society, the R...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:June 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199692203

ISBN - 13:9780199692200

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Preface1. The Lake Isle of Romanticism: The Challenge to Literary History2. Allan Ramsay and the Decolonization of Genre3. Romance, the Aeolian Harp and the Theft of History4. Strumming and Being Hanged: the Irish Bard and History Regained5. Robert Fergusson and his Scottish and Irish Contemporaries6. Robert Burns7. Maria Edgeworth's National Tale8. Scott and the European Nationalities Question9. Hogg, Maturin, and the Gothic National Tale10. Fratriotism: Sisters, Brothers, Empire and its Limits in the Scottish and Irish Imagination, c.1746-1837Bibliography

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"an important addition to the growing field of British Isles Romanticism 'fratriotism' and this promises to be an epithet that will gain significant critical currency in future yearsdeserves special praise a groundbreaking discussion of formative Scottish and Irish involvement in theliberation struggles of colonised nations across the globe In their response to the tour de force that is Scottish and Irish Romanticism, readers might be forgiven for thinking that both the wealth of new context material in evidence here and Pittock's desire to restore critical reputations wouldsuggest that there were actually two separate, if equally important, books to be found in this study: one on Romantic precursors and one on fratriotism. And yet it is entirely to the author's credit that this exciting and energetic monograph manages to sustain its dual interests throughout withease, wit and confidence." --Irish Studies Review 16:4