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Literature and UnionScottish Texts, British Contexts$
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Gerard Carruthers and Colin Kidd

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198736233.001.0001

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Unspeakable Scots

Unspeakable Scots

Dialogues and Dialectics in Scottish–British Literary Culture before the First World War

(p.259) 12 Unspeakable Scots
Literature and Union

David Goldie

Oxford University Press

Starting with T. W. H. Crosland’s description in The Unspeakable Scot (1902) of the rather unwelcome ubiquity of Scots in the world of British letters, the chapter explores the impact of Scottish men of letters in British publications and journalism in last decades of the nineteenth and first decades of the twentieth centuries. Drawing on key ideas in Scottish literary-critical history, among them Robert Crawford’s notion of the ‘Scottish invention of English literature’, Leith Davis’s description of the dialogic nature of English/Scottish literary exchanges, and Graeme Morton’s conception of a Victorian ‘unionist nationalism’, the chapter will examine the complexities of English–Scottish literary exchange in the period and argue that it should properly be seen as dialectical: an exchange that constructs a synthetic British literature, but that also has a profound effect in reconfiguring English and Scottish literatures and cultural identities.

Keywords:   unionist nationalism, Scottish literature, British literature, dialectics, T. H. Crosland

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