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Scottish Romanticism and Collective Memory in the British Atlantic$
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Kenneth McNeil

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474455466

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455466.001.0001

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Memory on the Margins: Anne Grant’s Atlantic World

Memory on the Margins: Anne Grant’s Atlantic World

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(p.94) Chapter 2 Memory on the Margins: Anne Grant’s Atlantic World
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Scottish Romanticism and Collective Memory in the British Atlantic
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Kenneth McNeil

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455466.003.0003

Chapter 2 takes up the retrospective writing of Anne Grant, in which she imagines the peripheral spaces of the British Atlantic as the unique enclave of a particular mode of human society and of intercultural exchange. In both the US and Britain, Grant acquired a reputation as a keen observer of so-called primitive peoples. She wrote widely on her life in the Scottish Highlands, and her published letters, poetry and essays were deemed important accounts of Highland culture. In addition, Grant’s Memoirs of an American Lady relates her childhood experiences growing up in colonial New York, where her British army officer father was posted. Taken as a whole, Grant’s writing provides a unique account of the transperipheral circuits of movement and exchange in the Atlantic world. She reveals a complex inter-play of national, ethnic and regional identities that are ultimately at odds with her reputation for providing nostalgic renditions of a ‘lost world’ for discrete readerships on either side of the Atlantic.

Keywords:   Anne Grant, Scottish Highlands, memoir, colonial New York, British Atlantic

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