This book examines the difficulties and challenges which faced attempts to create a British identity. Taking its perspective from the cultural, social and political margins of the British Isles, it demonstrates how fragile the supposed political consensus of the eighteenth century was. To read it is to revaluate our understanding of the culture of England in relation to other societies of these islands.
a potential to alter considerably our view of the Britain which presaged our own . ... through time.6 This chapter examines both the invention of the modern British state in the 1685–1714 period , and the nature of resistance to it .
Author: Murray Pittock
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This book examines the difficulties and challenges which faced attempts to create a British identity. Taking its perspective from the cultural, social and political margins of the British Isles, it demonstrates how fragile the supposed political consensus of the eighteenth century was. To read it is to revalue our understanding of the culture of England in relation to other societies of these islands.
This book examines the difficulties and challenges which faced attempts to create a British identity.
Author: Murray Pittock
A detailed investigation of Johnson's response to the Ossian controversy, with a transcription of a rare anti-Ossian pamphlet he co-authored.
18 Tom Nairn, The Break—Up of Britain: Crisis and Neo—Nationalism (Edinburgh: Lowe and Brydone, 1977), ... 1995), and Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685-1989 (New York: St. Martin's Press, ...
Author: Thomas M. Curley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Historians of the long eighteenth century have recently recognised that this period is central both to the history of cultural production and consumption and to the history of national and regional identity. Yet no book has, as yet, directly engaged with these two areas of interest at the same time. By uniting interest in the history of culture with the history of regional identity, Creating and Consuming Culture in North-East England, 1660-1830 is of crucial importance to a wide range of historians and intervenes in a number of highly important historical and conceptual debates in a timely and provocative way. The book makes a substantial contribution to eighteenth-century studies. Not only do these essays demonstrate that in thinking about cultural production and consumption in the eighteenth century there are important continuities as well as changes that need to be considered, but also they complicate the commonplace assumption of metropolitan-led cultural change and cultural innovation. Rather than the usual model of centre-periphery diffusion, a number of contributions show that cultural change in the provinces was happening at the same time as in, or in some cases even before, London. The essays also indicate the complex relationship between cultural consumption and social status, with some cultural forms being more inclusive than others.
Murdoch, British History, 1660-1832. ... 1707-1994 (1994), Murray Pittock's The Invention of Scotland: the Stuart Myth and Scottish Identity (1991), his Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, ...
Author: Helen Berry
Free, romantic, and individualistic, Britain’s self-image in the eighteenth century constructs itself in opposition to the dominant power of a southern European aesthetics. Offering a fresh understanding of how the British intelligentsia created a ‘Northern’ aesthetics to challenge the European yoke, this book explores the roots of British Romanticism and a newly created past. Literature, the arts, architecture, and gardening all contributed to the creation of this national, ‘enlightened’, Northern cultural environment, with its emphasis on a home-grown legal tradition, on a heroic Celtic past, and on the imagined democracy of King Arthur and his Roundtable of Knights as a prophetic precursor of Constitutional Monarchy. Set against the European Grand Tour, the British turned to the Domestic, Picturesque Anti-Grand-Tour, and alongside a classical literary heritage championed British authors and British empiricism, against continental religion that sanctioned an authoritarian politics that the Gothic Novel mocks. However, if empiricism and common law were vital to this emerging tradition, so too was the other driving force of Britain’s medieval inheritance, the fantasy world of mythic heroes and a celebration of what would come to be known as the ‘fairy way of writing’.
T. Wein (2000) British Identities, Heroic Nationalisms, and the Gothic Novel: 1764-1824 (Gordonsville VA: Palgrave), pp. 213-14, here p. 3. Cf. also: Murray G.H. Pittock (1997) Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in ...
Author: Yvonne Bezrucka
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Feeling British argues that the discourse of sympathy both encourages and problematizes a sense of shared national identity in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature and culture. Although the 1707 Act of Union officially joined England and Scotland, government policy alone could not overcome centuries of feuding and ill will between these nations. Accordingly, the literary public sphere became a vital arena for the development and promotion of a new national identity, Britishness. Feeling British starts by examining the political implications of the Scottish Enlightenment's theorizations of sympathy the mechanism by which emotions are shared between people. From these philosophical beginnings, this study tracks how sympathetic discourse is deployed by a variety of authors - including Defoe, Smollett, Johnson, Wordsworth, and Scott - invested in constructing, but also in questioning, an inclusive sense of what it means to be British.
The Invention of Scotland : the Stuart Myth and Scottish Identity , 1658 to the Present . London : Routledge , 1991 . Inventing and Resisting Britain : Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland , 1685—1789 .
Author: Evan Gottlieb
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This study offers a radical reassessment of a crucial period of political and cultural history. By looking at some 400 songs, many of which are made available to hear, and at their writers, singers, and audiences, it questions both our relationship with song, and ordinary Britons' relationship with Napoleon, the war, and the idea of Britain itself.
Michael O'Dea and Kevin Whelan (eds), Nations and Nationalisms: France, Britain, Ireland and the Eighteenth-Century Context ... Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685–1789 (Basingstoke, 1997) Ute Planert, ...
Author: Oskar Cox Jensen
Charts Scottish Romanticism's significant contribution to the making of collective memory in the transatlantic worldOffers an in-depth examination of Scottish Romantic literary ideas on memory and their influence among various cultures in the British Atlantic, broken down into distinct writing modes (memorials, travel memoir, slave narrative, colonial policy paper, emigrant fiction) and contexts (pre- and post-Revolution America, French-Canadian cultural nationalism, the slavery debate, immigration and colonial settlement).Looks at familiar Scottish writers (Walter Scott, John Galt) in new ways, while introducing less familiar ones (Anne Grant, Thomas Pringle).Brings Scottish Romantic literary studies into new engagements with other fields (such as transatlantic and memory studies).Opens up new dialogues between Scottish literature and culture and other literatures and cultures (for example, French-Canadian, Black Diaspora, Indigenous).Scots, who were at the vanguard of British colonial expansion in North America in the Romantic period, believed that their own nation had undergone an unprecedented transformation in only a short span of time. Scottish writers became preoccupied with collective memory, its powerful role in shaping group identity as well as its delicate fragility. McNeil reveals why we must add collective memory to the list of significant contributions Scots made to a culture of modernity.
Pittock, Murray G. H., Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685–1789 (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997). Pittock, Murray G. H., The Invention of Scotland (London: Routledge, 1991).
Author: McNeil Kenneth McNeil
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: Collective memory and literature
From the sixteenth century, classical texts enabled Scottish and English authors and artists to imagine the character and appearance of their forebears and to consider the relevance of these ideas to their contemporaries. Richard Hingley's study crosses traditional academic boundaries by exploring sources usually separately addressed by historians, classicists, archaeologists, and geographers, to provide a new perspective on the origin of English and Scottish identity. His book is the first full exploration of these issues to cover such a long period in the development of British society and to relate ideas derived from Roman sources to the development of empire, while also placing ideas of origin in a European context. It is illustrated throughout with artefact drawings, site plans, and photographs.
Pittock, M. G. H. (1991), The Invention of Scotland: The Stuart Myth and the Scottish Identity, 1638 to the Present (London). ——(1997), Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685–1789 (London).
Author: Richard Hingley
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Social Science
Examining the ways in which the BBC constructed and disseminated British national identity during the second quarter of the twentieth century, this book is the first study that focuses in a comprehensive way on how the BBC, through its radio programs, tried to represent what it meant to be British. The BBC and national identity in Britain offers a revision of histories of regional broadcasting in Britain that interpret it as a form of cultural imperialism. The regional organization of the BBC, and the news and creative programming designed specifically for regional listeners, reinforced the cultural and historical distinctiveness of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The BBC anticipated, and perhaps encouraged, the development of the hybrid “dual identities” characteristic of contemporary Britain. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of nationalism and national identity, British imperialism, mass media and media history, and the “four nations” approach to British history.
Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685–1789. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1996. Plunkett, John. Queen Victoria: First Media Monarch. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Author: Thomas Hajkowski
Publisher: Manchester University Press