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Carol Margaret Davison and Monica Germana

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408196

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408196.001.0001

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‘The Celtic Century’ and the Genesis of Scottish Gothic

‘The Celtic Century’ and the Genesis of Scottish Gothic

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(p.14) Chapter 2 ‘The Celtic Century’ and the Genesis of Scottish Gothic
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(p.iii) Scottish Gothic
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Nick Groom

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408196.003.0002

The Celtic, insofar as it is applied to Scottish, Irish, Welsh and Cornish identity and culture, is, like traditional Scottish tartans, an invention. Barry Cunliffe describes the word in its current Anglophone usage as an ‘ethnonym’, and dates it to the eighteenth century (2003: 5). Seamus Deane (1997: 77) likewise places ‘Celt’ within scare quotes and suggests it is a late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century term carrying an antimodernist agenda ‘transposed from its nationalist, antiquarian origins of the eighteenth century into a pan-European combinatoire of evolutionary destiny, the preservation of difference, even of anachronism, as a refusal of those adaptations needed to survive into the world of international capital and the nation-state.’ (Deane 1997: 88)

Keywords:   Celtic, Scottish, Gothic

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