Andrew Lang and Scottish historiography: taking on tradition

Macdonald, C. M.M. (2015) Andrew Lang and Scottish historiography: taking on tradition. Scottish Historical Review, 94(2), pp. 207-236. (doi:10.3366/shr.2015.0257)

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Abstract

The career and posthumous reputation of Andrew Lang (1844-1912) call into question Scottish historiographical conventions of the era following the death of Sir Walter Scott which foreground the apparent triumph of scientific methods over Romance and the professionalisation of the discipline within a university setting. Taking issue with the premise of notions relating to the Strange Death of Scottish History in the mid-nineteenth century, it is proposed that perceptions of Scottish historiographical exceptionalism in a European context and presumptions of Scottish inferiorism stand in need of re-assessment. By offering alternative readings of the reformation, by uncoupling unionism from whiggism, by reaffirming the role of Romance in ‘serious’ Scottish history, and by disrupting distinctions between whig and Jacobite, the historical works and the surviving personal papers of Andrew Lang cast doubt on many conventional grand narratives and the paradigms conventionally used to make sense of Scottish historiography.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Andrew Lang, Scottish history, historiography
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacDonald, Dr Catriona M M
Authors: Macdonald, C. M.M.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Scottish Historical Review
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN:0036-9241
ISSN (Online):1750-0222

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