From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History, and Myth

From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History, and Myth

by Ian Brown


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An historically and critically sound - and contemporary - evaluation of tartan and tartanry based on proper contextualisation and coherent analysis. This critical re-evaluation of one of the more controversial aspects of recent debates on Scottish culture draws together contributions from leading researchers in a wide variety of disciplines, resulting in a highly accessible yet authoritative volume. This book, like tartan, weaves together two strands. The first, like a warp, considers the significance of tartan in Scottish history and culture during the last four centuries, including tartan's role in the development of diaspora identities in North America. The second, like a weft, considers the place of tartan and rise of tartanry in the national and international representations of Scottishness, including heritage, historical myth-making, popular culture, music hall, literature, film, comedy, rock and pop music, sport and 'high' culture. From Tartan to Tartanry offers fresh insight into and new perspectives on key cultural phenomena, from the iconic role of the Scottish regiments to the role of tartan in rock music. It argues that tartan may be fun, but it also plays a wide range of fascinating, important and valuable roles in Scottish and international culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748664641
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ian Brown is Professor in Drama at the Kingston University

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Tartan, Tartanry and Hybridity Ian Brown 1

1 Gheibhte breacain charnaid ('Scarlet tartans would be got …'): the Re-invention of Tradition Hugh Cheape 13

2 Plaiding the Invention of Scotland Murray Pittock 32

3 From David Stewart to Andy Stewart: the Invention and Re-invention of the Scottish Soldier Trevor Royle 48

4 Paying for the Plaid: Scottish Gaelic Identity Politics in Nineteenth-century North America Michael Newton 63

5 Tartanry into Tartan: Heritage, Tourism and Material Culture Ian Maitland Hume 82

6 Myth, Political Caricature and Monstering the Tartan Ian Brown 93

7 Tartanry and its Discontents: the Idea of Popular Scottishness Alan Riach 115

8 'Wha's like us?' Ethnic Representation in Music Hall and Popular Theatre and the Remaking of Urban Scottish Society Paul Maloney 129

9 Literary Tartanry as Translation Susanne Hagemann 151

10 Looking at Tartan in Film: History, Identity and Spectacle Richard Butt 166

11 Tartan Comics and Comic Tartanry Margaret Munro 180

12 Rock, Pop and Tartan J. Mark Percival 195

13 Class Warriors or Generous Men in Skirts? The Tartan Army in the Scottish and Foreign Press Hugh O'Donnell 212

14 Don't Take the High Road: Tartanry and its Critics David Goldie 232

Bibliography 247

Notes on the Contributors 265

Index 269

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