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Title Cultures of improvement in Scottish romanticism, 1707-1840 / edited by Alex Benchimol and Gerard Lee McKeever
Published New York : Routledge, 2018
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Series The enlightenment world ; 32
Enlightenment world ; 32
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Mapping Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism; Part I Print, Progress and Politeness; 1 Andrew Millar's 'Good Vouchers': The Malt Tax Crisis and Trade in Controversy; 2 Let Scotland Flourish by the Printing of the Word: Commerce, Civic Enlightenment and National Improvement in the Glasgow Advertiser, 1783-1800; 3 'Simplicity, Rightly Understood': Improvement in the Collaboration of Robert Burns and George Thomson; Part II Literature, Land and Commerce
10 A Death in the Cottage: Spiritual and Economic Improvement in Romantic-Era Scottish Death Narratives11 Postscript: Varieties of Cultural Improvement in the Long Eighteenth Century; Contributors; Index
4 Thomas Pennant, National Description and the Project of Improvement5 The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Improvement: David Dale, Robert Owen and New Lanark Cotton; 6 Pastoral Optimism at Improvement's Frontier: James Hogg's Highland Journeys; 7 'Earth and Stone': Improvement, Entailment and Geographical Futures in the Novel of the 1820s; Part III Death, Legacy and Medicine; 8 Reading John Anderson's Will: Improving Human Nature, Science and Scotland in a Commercial Society; 9 Medicine and Improvement in the Scots Magazine; and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany (1804-17)
Summary "The first applied research volume in Scottish Romanticism, this collection foregrounds the concept of progress as 'improvement' as a constitutive theme of Scottish writing during the long eighteenth century. It explores improvement as the animating principle behind Scotlands post-1707 project of modernization, a narrative both shaped and reflected in the literary sphere. It represents a vital moment in Romantic studies, as a 'four-nations' interrogation of the British context reaches maturity. Equally, the volume contributes to a central concern in the study of Scottish culture, amplifying a critical synthesis of Romanticism and Enlightenment. The conceptual motif of improvement allows an illumination of the boundaries (and beyond) of conventional notions of Romanticism, tracing its long, evolving imbrication with Enlightenment in Scotland. Exploring the holistic treatment of improvement in Scottish literature, chapter-studies include work on agricultural improvement and processes of commercialization, polite cultural renewal and the cotton trade, an expanding print culture and spirituality in death rituals. Taken as a whole, this amounts to an interdisciplinary re-consideration of the central role of improvement in Scottish cultural history of the long eighteenth century, of interest to a wide range of scholars, reflecting the vitality of the exchange between Enlightenment and Romanticism in Scotland."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English literature -- Scottish authors -- History and criticism.
Romanticism -- Scotland.
Scottish literature -- History and criticism.
Scotland -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Benchimol, Alex, editor
McKeever, Gerard Lee, editor
LC no. 2018001660
ISBN 1351056395
1351056409 (electronic bk.)
9781351056403 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)