The Gaelic Vision in Scottish Culture (Hardcover)

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The Gaelic Vision in Scottish Culture (Hardcover)

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Originally published in 1978, this book explores the relationship between the Gaelic and English spheres of life, from the life of the bilingual Gael, in the confrontation of Highland and Lowland Scotland and the literary expressions of these. It is argued that the picture of Gaelic society that is popularly accepted does not owe its form to any simple observation, but to symbolic and metaphorical requirements imposed by the larger society. Beginning with the birth of the Romantic movement and moving on to modern Gaelic literature and anthropological studies, aspects of the relationship of a dominant to a 'minority' culture are raised. The racial stereotypes of Celt and Anglo-Saxon that were widely accepted in the 19th Century are also discussed, and the understanding of how a dominant intellectual world has used Gaelic society in the process of seeking its own definition is pursued through a study of the concepts of 'folklore' and the 'folk'.

Product Details ISBN: 9781032070193
ISBN-10: 1032070196
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 13th, 2021
Pages: 266
Language: English