1st Edition

Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840





ISBN 9781138482937
Published April 11, 2018 by Routledge
248 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The first applied research volume in Scottish Romanticism, this collection foregrounds the concept of progress as 'improvement' as a constitutive theme of Scottish writing during the long eighteenth century. It explores improvement as the animating principle behind Scotland’s post-1707 project of modernization, a narrative both shaped and reflected in the literary sphere. It represents a vital moment in Romantic studies, as a 'four-nations' interrogation of the British context reaches maturity. Equally, the volume contributes to a central concern in the study of Scottish culture, amplifying a critical synthesis of Romanticism and Enlightenment.



Chapter 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tandfbis/rt-files/docs/Open+Access+Chapters/9781351056427_oachapter9.pdf

Table of Contents

Foreword  Nicholas Phillipson  Introduction: Mapping Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism  Alex Benchimol and Gerard Lee McKeever  Part I: Print, Progress and Politeness  1. Andrew Millar’s 'Good Vouchers': The Malt Tax Crisis and Trade in Controversy  Adam Budd  2. Let Scotland Flourish by the Printing of the Word: Commerce, Civic Enlightenment and National Improvement in the Glasgow Advertiser, 1783-1800  Alex Benchimol  3. 'Simplicity, Rightly Understood': Improvement in the Collaboration of Robert Burns and George Thomson  Gerard Lee McKeever  Part II: Literature, Land and Commerce  4. Thomas Pennant, National Description and the Project of Improvement  Nigel Leask  5. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Improvement: David Dale, Robert Owen and New Lanark Cotton  Michael Morris  6. Pastoral Optimism at Improvement’s Frontier: James Hogg’s Highland Journeys  Alex Deans  7. 'Earth and Stone': Improvement, Entailment and Geographical Futures in the Novel of the 1820s  Penny Fielding  Part III: Death, Legacy and Medicine  8. Reading John Anderson’s Will: Improving Human Nature, Science and Scotland in a Commercial Society  Tom Furniss  9. Medicine and Improvement in the Scots Magazine; and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany (1804-17)  Megan Coyer  10. A Death in the Cottage: Spiritual and Economic Improvement in Romantic-Era Scottish Death Narratives  Sarah Sharp  Postscript: Varieties of Cultural Improvement in the Long Eighteenth Century  Gerard Carruthers

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Biography

Alex Benchimol is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow.



Gerard Lee McKeever is a founding Co-Convener of the Scottish Romanticism Research Group at the University of Glasgow.

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