Empires and Revolutions

Empires and Revolutions : Cunninghame Graham and His Contemporaries

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The European age of empires launched a process of capitalist globalisation that continues to the present day. It is also inextricably linked with the spread of revolutionary discourses in terms of race, nation, class, and gender: the quest for emancipation, democracy, political independence, and economic equality. R. B. Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936), in both his life and his oeuvre, most effectively represents the complex interaction between imperial and revolutionary discourses in this dramatic period. Throughout his life he was an outspoken critic of injustice and inequality, and his appreciation of the demands and customs of diverse territories and contrasting cultures were hallmarks of his life, his political ideas, and his writing. This collection explores the expression of these ideas in the works of Cunninghame Graham and other Scottish writers in the century between 1850 and 1950.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 10mm | 262g
  • Scottish Literature International
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1908980257
  • 9781908980250
  • 2,156,847

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. R. B. Cunninghame Graham: Janiform Genius (Cedric Watts); 2. The Local and the Global: The Multiple Contexts of Cunninghame Graham (John M. MacKenzie); 3. Anti-Slavery Discourse in Three Adventure Stories by R. M. Ballantyne (Jochen Petzold); 4. Don Roberto on Doughty Deeds; or, Slavery and Family History in the Scottish Renaissance (Michael Morris); 5. Empire and Globalisation in John Francis Campbell's My Circular Notes (Jessica Homberg-Schramm); 6. Nineteenth-Century Argentine Literature and the Writings of R. B. Cunninghame Graham (Richard Niland); 7. R. B. Cunninghame Graham and the Argentinean Angelito (Jennifer Hayward); 8. Opposing Racism and Imperialism: Isabella Fyvie Mayo's search for literary space(s), 1880-1914 (Lindy Moore); 9. The Empire in Cunninghame Graham's Parliamentary Speeches and Early Writings, 1885-1900 (Lachlan Munro); 10. White-Skinned Barbarians in Selected Tales by R. B. Cunninghame Graham (John C. McIntyre); 11. Violet Jacob on Capital Relation: Local and Global Flows of Privilege and (Im)mobility (Arianna Introna); Notes on Contributors
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About Carla Sassi

Carla Sassi is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Verona. Her publications include Why Scottish Literature Matters (2005); as co-author, Caribbean-Scottish Relations (2007) and Within and without Empire: Scotland across the (Post)colonial Borderline (2013); as editor, The International Companion to Scottish Poetry (2016). Silke Stroh is based at the English Department of Munster University, Germany. Author of Uneasy Subjects: Postcolonialism and Scottish Gaelic Poetry (2011) and Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination: Anglophone Writing from 1600 to 1900 (2017), her other research areas include modern anglophone Scottish literature, diaspora studies and transnationalism.
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