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Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831

Gerard Lee McKeever


This book develops new insight into the idea of progress as improvement as the basis for an approach to literary Romanticism in the Scottish context. With chapter case studies covering poetry, short fiction, drama and the novel, it examines a range of key writers: Robert Burns, James Hogg, Walter Scott, Joanna Baillie and John Galt. Improvement, it shows, was not a unified ideal in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Scotland but rather a contested body of different ideas, some of which were mutually contradictory. The book untangles the complexity of this term that was applied vario ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, Enlightenment, Scotland, improvement, dialectic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474441674
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerard Lee McKeever, author