Painting the Forth Bridge: A Search for Scottish Identity

Aurum Press, 2001 - 275 pagina's
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With the new Parliament now established, Scotland stands poised on the brink of momentous changes in its political, social, economic and cultural life. In this book, Carl MacDougall, one of Scotland's most distinguished writers, sets out to investigate the nature of the Scottish identity, to examine its roots and to evaluate the possibilities of a new flowering in the years ahead.

Applying his pointed critical analysis to Scottish art, architecture, dance, music and literature, MacDougall strips away the layers of romantic mythology associated with Scottishness -- from Bonnie Prince Charlie to Braveheart -- and assesses how the deep need for a hero has led the Scots first to deify and then denigrate individuals such as Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Sean Connery, and Billy Connolly. Finally, he argues persuasively in favor of a newly self-confident national identity based on the contemporary realities of Scottish life and culture.

Witty and frequently controversial, Painting the Forth Bridge is indispensable reading, not just for Scots, but also for all those concerned with the issue of national identity.

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