William Wallace: A National Tale by Graeme MortonWilliam Wallace: A National Tale by Graeme Morton

William Wallace: A National Tale

byGraeme Morton

Paperback | November 28, 2014

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Freed from the historian's bedrock of empiricism by a lack of corroborative sources, the biography of this short-lived late-medieval patriot has long been incorporated into the ideology of nationalism. It is to explain this assimilation, and to deconstruct the myriad ways that Wallace'sbiography has been endlessly refreshed as a national narrative, over many generations, that forms this investigation.William Wallace: A National Tale examines the elision of Wallace's after-life into narrative ascendency, dominating the ideology and politics of nationalism in Scotland. This narrative is conceptualised as the national tale, a term taken out of its literary moorings to scrutinise how the personalbiography of a medieval patriot has been evoked and presented as the nation's biography over seven centuries of time. Through the verse of Blind Hary, the romance of Jane Porter, to the historical imaginations of Braveheart and Brave, Scotland's national tale has been forged.This is a fresh, engaging and timely exploration into Wallace's hold over Scotland's national mythology.
Graeme Morton is Professor of Modern History at the University of Dundee having previous held the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair at the University of Guelph. His research focus falls on national identity, associational culture and diaspora studies. Recent publications include Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832-1914 (Ed...
Title:William Wallace: A National TaleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.39 × 5.39 × 0.79 inPublished:November 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748685634

ISBN - 13:9780748685639


Table of Contents

List of Figures1. Episodic Nationalism2. National Tale3. Chronicles4. Hary's Tale5. Fixing the Type6. The Scottish Chiefs7. A Distant Tale8. The Feminized Nation9. Tall Stories10. The People's Tale11. A Nationalist Tale12. Moving ImageBibliographyIndex