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The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish RevivalRomance, Decadence and Celtic Identity$
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Michael Shaw

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433952

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433952.001.0001

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The Scottish Romance Revival

The Scottish Romance Revival

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(p.33) Chapter 1 The Scottish Romance Revival
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The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival
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Michael Shaw

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433952.003.0002

This chapter considers a range of Scottish writers associated with the late-Victorian romance revival – Stevenson, Conan Doyle, Lang, Barrie, Jacob and Buchan– and examines the ways in which each writer’s work contributed to cultural revivalism in Scotland. After identifying a key context that many revivalists felt was inhibiting the health of Scottish nationality – the Highland-Lowland cultural divide – the chapter goes on to scrutinise the various ways that Stevenson’s writings interrogated that divide and attempted to demonstrate greater national connection between the different geographies and cultures of Scotland. While his correspondent, Arthur Conan Doyle, was less directly aligned to Scottish cultural revivalism, we witness his concerns with Anglocentrism in The Mystery of Cloomber and The Lost World, the latter of which reflects his changing views around the question of Home Rule. The latter sections of the chapter consider some of the ways in which we can link the work of Lang, Barrie, Jacob and Buchan to fin-de-siècle Scottish cultural revivalism.

Keywords:   Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. M. Barrie, John Buchan, Andrew Lang, Violet Jacob, Romance, Realism, Highland-Lowland divide

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