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The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory
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The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory

Andrew Blaikie


How do people relate to places and the past? Visions of nation and community, from Adam Ferguson's ideas on the development of civil society to John Grierson's pioneering of documentary film, reflect the impact of modernity on the Scottish social imaginary between the late-eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. While the symbolic ‘face of Scotland’ and its attendant mental landscape have been produced and debated in many genres, including travel literature, romantic fiction, and social commentary, links between popular understandings of identity and visual material — particularly photographs ... More

Keywords: nation, community, Adam Ferguson, John Grierson, documentary film, modernity, Scotland, social imaginary, travel literature, romantic fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748617869
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Blaikie, author