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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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Neo-Pagan Scotland: Fashioning Origins

Neo-Pagan Scotland: Fashioning Origins

(p.143) Chapter 3 Neo-Pagan Scotland: Fashioning Origins
The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival

Michael Shaw

Edinburgh University Press

In their attempts to advance Scottish cultural revivalism, many writers and artists looked to mythical origins to help bind the national community and define its international connections. This chapter illustrates that it was not just Celtic mythical heroes that appealed to cultural revivalists but also Mediterranean paganisms, and that Celtic and Greek gods and mythologies often interacted in Scottish literature and art. The chapter uses John Duncan’s Ramsay Garden murals as a case study, before going on to assess William Sharp/Fiona Macleod’s concern with paganism. Fiona Macleod’s neo-pagan writings reveal the complicated gender dynamics of cultural revivalism in Scotland. The chapter then discusses the significant presence of Pan in fin-de-siècle Scottish culture, before exploring John Davidson’s resistance to both neo-paganism and Scottish cultural revivalism.

Keywords:   Paganism, Neo-Paganism, Celtic, Murals, Decadence, Pan, Fiona Macleod, John Duncan, John Davidson, Patrick Geddes

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