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Scottish and Irish Romanticism$
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Murray Pittock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232796.001.0001

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Hogg, Maturin, and the Gothic National Tale

Hogg, Maturin, and the Gothic National Tale

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Scottish and Irish Romanticism

Murray Pittock (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the lasting appeal of the Gothic, its nature as a genre, and its inflections in Scotland's and Ireland's national literatures. In particular, it discusses James Hogg and Charles Maturin as initiators and developers of Gothic writing in Scotland and Ireland, examining Hogg's relationship to Scott and Maturin's relationship to the National Tale. The importance of the Gothic to national literature's sense of a locus amoenus at odds with the generalizing definitions of Enlightenment thought is stressed.

Keywords:   the Gothic, James Hogg, locus amoenus, Charles Maturin, Scott

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