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Celtic Connections

Irish-Scottish Relations and the Politics of Culture

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Edited By Willy Maley and Alison O'Malley-Younger

While a number of published works approach the shared concerns of Ireland and Scotland, no major volume has offered a sustained and up-to-date analysis of the cultural connections between the two, despite the fact that these border crossings continue to be politically suggestive. The current collection addresses this area of comparative critical neglect, focusing on writers, from Charles Robert Maturin to Liam McIlvanney, whose work offers insights into debates about identity and politics in these two neighbour nations, too often overwhelmed by connections with their larger neighbour, England.
The essays in this collection are distinct yet connected, and are designed to come together like the intricate cross-bars and precise patterning of the plaid to capture the complexity of the Celtic connections they address. They move from pre-history to postmodernism, from Gothic to Gaelic and from Macbeth to Marxism, incorporating gender and genre, and providing a detailed survey of responses to the Irish-Scottish paradigm.

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illustration: Patrick Geddes et al., The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal (London: T. Fisher Unwin) Spring, 1895, p.5. © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2013 Hochfeldstrasse 32, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland info@peterlang.com, www.peterlang.com, www.peterlang.net All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Printed in Germany Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National- bibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Celtic connections : Irish-Scottish relations and the politics of culture / Willy Maley and Alison O’Malley-Younger, eds. p. cm. -- (Reimagining Ireland ; 38) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-0343-0214-2 (alk. paper) 1. Celtic literature--History and criticism. 2. English literature--Irish authors- -History and criticism. 3. English literature--Scottish authors--History and criticism. 4. Politics and literature--Ireland--History. 5. Politics and literature- -Scotland--History. 6. Comparative literature--Irish and Scottish. 7. Comparative literature--Scottish and Irish. 8. Civilization, Celtic. 9. Nationalism and literature- -Colonies--Great Britain--History. 10. Ireland--In literature. 11. Scotland--In literature. I. Maley, Willy. II. O’Malley-Younger, Alison. PB1096.C45 2012 891.6--dc23 2012038216 For Paddy Lyons who always connects

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