civilising missions at home and abroad, c. 1600 to 1800chapter 2: Anglophone literature of civilisation and
the hybridised Gaelic subject: Martin Martin’s travel writingsChapter 3: The re-emergence of the primitive Other?
Noble savagery and the Romantic Age
Chapter 4: From flirtations with Romantic otherness to a more integrated
national synthesis: “Gentleman savages” in Walter Scott’s novel Waverley
Chapter 5: Of Celts and Teutons:
Racial biology and anti-Gaelic discourse, c. 1780–1860
Chapter 6: Racist reversals: Appropriating racial typology
in late-nineteenth-century pro-Gaelic discourse
ConclusionList of Works cited
“Stroh engages with the contested question of whether postcolonial theory can be fruitfully applied to Scottish literary expressions and cultural encounters by outlining the fundamental concepts and applying them to the most fundamental fault-line in Scottish history, that between the Lowlands and Highlands. In revisiting familiar texts, such as Martin Martin’s surveys of the Western Isles and Walter Scott’s Waverley, and introducing ones less familiar today, she demonstrates convincingly and comprehensibly that the hallmarks of colonial discourse—Othering, civilizing missions, internalized stigmatization, and so on—abound in the ways in which anglophone authors represented their Gaelic subjects.” —Michael Newton, author of Warriors of the Word and Seanchaidh na Coille / Memory-Keeper of the Forest
“Stroh’s compelling book is an original intervention in the study of Scottish literature; more importantly, it complements and is in dialogue with a number of other contemporary works by major critics and literary historians in Ireland and Scotland. This is one of the most fascinating, multi-faceted and authoritative explorations of a neglected period (1600-1900) I know." —Alan Riach, author of Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography: The Masks of the Modern Nation
"Stroh has not only delivered an important postcolonial reading of cultural history but has also provided, through her careful study of a selection of texts, a blueprint to assist scholars of Gaelic culture and literature in taking this theory forward and employing it successfully in varied contexts. Furthermore, Stroh's research has ensured that Gaelic/Scottish postcolonial studies has a deserved place in international postcolonial dialogues." —Scottish Literary Review
"Although postcolonial theories and paradigms have started to make a large impact on Scottish studies over the last decade or so, Stroh's work retains a pioneering freshness . . . The clarity and simplicity with which Stroh has began to unlock these issues will be of the utmost use to scholars new to either postcolonial or Scottish studies, and even readers who are familiar with the fields will welcome the clear way in which this material has been approached and developed." —Thomas Black, Northern Scotland
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