Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography

The Masks of the Modern Nation

Authors: Riach, A.

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This fascinating new study is about cultural change and continuities. At the core of the book are discrete literary studies of Scotland and Shakespeare, Walter Scott, R.L. Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, the modern Scottish Renaissance of the 1920s and more recent cultural and literary phenomena. The central theme of literature and popular 'representation' recontextualises literary analysis in a broader, multi-faceted picture involving all the arts and the changing sense of what 'the popular' might be in a modern nation. New technologies alter forms of cultural production and the book charts a way through these forms, from oral poetry and song to the novel, and includes studies of paintings, classical music, socialist drama, TV, film and comic books. The international context for mass media cultural production is examined as the story of the intrinsic curiosity of the imagination and the intensely local aspect of Scotland's cultural self-representation unfolds.

About the authors

ALAN RIACH is a poet and Head of the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. Formerly Associate Professor of English and Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), he is the General Editor of the Collected Works of Hugh MacDiarmid and co-editor of MacDiarmid's New Selected Letters and Selected Poems). He has four books of poems, including Clearances, First & Last Songs, and This Folding Map. He has also broadcast on radio in New Zealand, and lives in Scotland.

Reviews

'This is a remarkable book in its diversity of subjects... but its strength is the provocation of thought in new directions.' - Glasgow Sunday Herald

'...as an overview of a wide period, tied together historically and conecptually, it thoroughly justified its wide ambition and should be vital to anyone in Scot Lit.' - Michael Gardiner, Scottish Studies Review

'...a thought-provoking discussion of a central issue in post-Union cultural history, that of the conflicting, stereotyped or idealised representation(s) of Scotland's stateless nationhood...The first book-length inquiry on this subject and the most challenging, so far, in terms of both the variety and the number of 'texts' analysed - mainly literary, but also filmic, musical and visual...' - Carla Sassi, Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Terms of the Question

    Riach, Alan

    Pages 3-31

  • Shakespeare and Scotland

    Riach, Alan

    Pages 32-52

  • Foundational Texts of Modern Scottish Literature

    Riach, Alan

    Pages 53-72

  • Walter Scott and the Whistler: Tragedy and the Enlightenment Imagination

    Riach, Alan

    Pages 75-87

  • Treasure Island and Time: Childhood, Quickness and Robert Louis Stevenson

    Riach, Alan

    Pages 88-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography
Book Subtitle
The Masks of the Modern Nation
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-55496-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230554962
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4591-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52327-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 280
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