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date: 25 February 2020

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The term ‘Romanticism’ takes on different associations when we consider its geographical extent. This chapter thinks about national configurations of space and time. Scotland was at once a modern producer of literature in the period and a way of imagining an ancient Romance past for modern culture. Scotland reinvents northern spaces, such as the Highlands or the Borders, as literary ones that signify this doubled temporality. Taking as key examples the poetry and novels of James Macpherson, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, and James Hogg, the chapter explores how the legal, economic, and political changes in Scotland’s history after the 1707 Act of Union are translated into centres of literary production that revived the ‘primitive’ past for contemporary consumption. This doubled temporality in turn gives rise to ironic doubling of voice or Gothic tropes in Scottish writing of the period.

Keywords: Scotland, Edinburgh, Highland/Lowland, myth, romance, ballad, historical novel, Scottish Gothic, antiquarianism

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