Introduction: Materializing Scottish Cultures

In January 2022, the LLC (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) Scottish Forum was delighted to host two panels at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, held in Washington D.C. The eight essays published in this special issue of The Bottle Imp developed from papers delivered virtually during the convention, the first four in a […]

Material Memories of Darien: Letters, lieux de mémoire, and the Company of Scotland

In 2010, the records of the Company of Scotland held in the NLS and the archives of the Royal Bank of Scotland were digitized for the UK Memory of the World Register. The records consist of handwritten material regarding the Company of Scotland’s inception in 1695, the establishment of a Scottish colony at Darien in […]

Mediating the Scots Song Abroad

It is not easy to determine what educated Germans knew of the various musical cultures in Britain between 1770 to 1830, but certainly their knowledge was mainly mediated through literature. Germans were quite up-to-date on Thomas Percy’s 1765 Reliques of Ancient English Poetry as well as the contemporaneous Works of Ossian with its accompanying controversy. […]

Remembering RLS: Stevenson & Cultural Memory

Robert Louis Stevenson died on the veranda of his home, Vailima, Samoa, on 3 December 1894. On the centenary of his death the house became the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. During his final years, Stevenson had become known in that part of the world as ‘Tusitala’ (Samoan: ‘Writer of Tales’), and the locals saw fit […]

The Author in Person: Materialising Scotland on the Nineteenth-Century Literary Tour

This paper is a modest extension of Amanda Adams’s fascinating study, Performing Authorship in the Nineteenth Century Transatlantic Lecture Tour (2016). Adams takes a number of case studies from both the UK and the USA – Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Martineau, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Matthew Arnold and Henry James – […]

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