Scotland and the Caribbean c. 1740-1833: Atlantic Archipelagos

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    This book participates in the modern recovery of the memory of the long-forgotten relationship between Scotland and the Caribbean. Drawing on theoretical paradigms of world literature and transnationalism, it argues that Caribbean slavery profoundly shaped Scotland’s economic, social and cultural development, and draws out the implications for current debates on Scotland’s national narratives of identity. Eighteenth- to nineteenth-century Scottish writers are re-examined in this new light. Morris explores the ways that discourses of "improvement" in both Scotland and the Caribbean are mediated by the modes of pastoral and georgic which struggle to explain and contain the labour conditions of agricultural labourers, both free and enslaved. The ambivalent relationship of Scottish writers, including Robert Burns, to questions around abolition allows fresh perspectives on the era. Furthermore, Morris considers the origins of a hybrid Scottish-Creole identity through two nineteenth-century figures - Robert Wedderburn and Mary Seacole. The final chapter moves forward to consider the implications for post-devolution (post-referendum) Scotland. Underpinning this investigation is the conviction that collective memory is a key feature which shapes behaviour and beliefs in the present; the recovery of the memory of slavery is performed here in the interests of social justice in the present.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNew York and Abingdon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Number of pages256
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315771595
    ISBN (Print)9781138325326 (pbk), 9781138778986 (hbk)
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Studies in Cultural History
    PublisherRoutledge

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    Scotland
    Recovery
    Slavery
    Writer
    Collective Memory
    Paradigm
    Social Justice
    Social Development
    Laborers
    Cultural Development
    Economic Development
    Discourse
    National Narrative
    Abolition
    Robert Burns
    Referendum
    Final Chapter
    World Literature
    Conviction
    Devolution

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    Morris, M. (2015). Scotland and the Caribbean c. 1740-1833: Atlantic Archipelagos. (1st ed.) (Routledge Studies in Cultural History). New York and Abingdon: Routledge.
    Morris, Michael. / Scotland and the Caribbean c. 1740-1833 : Atlantic Archipelagos. 1st ed. New York and Abingdon : Routledge, 2015. 256 p. (Routledge Studies in Cultural History).
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