Fingalian topographies: Ossian and the Highland Tour 1760-1805

Leask, N. (2016) Fingalian topographies: Ossian and the Highland Tour 1760-1805. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 39(2), pp. 183-196. (doi:10.1111/1754-0208.12396)

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Abstract

If Ossian validated the Highland landscape for eighteenth-century tourists, the landscape, in turn, seemed to authenticate poems whose authenticity never ceased to be doubted; but text and topography alike ran the risk of dissolving into insubstantiality. Many tourists cited ‘local tradition’ in order to embroider existing (or to invent new) Fingalian place-names. Ranging over a wide variety of eighteenth-century travel-writers, this article casts new light on the relations between Ossian, travel-writing and Highland topography. It concludes by discussing the ‘fieldwork’ tradition of Ossianic tourism after 1800, which sought out local tradition bearers, rather than attempting to authenticate Macpherson's ‘translations’.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leask, Professor Nigel
Authors: Leask, N.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1754-0194
ISSN (Online):1754-0208
Published Online:18 May 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 39(2):183-196
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
646321Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour, 1760-1815Nigel LeaskArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L009463/1CRIT - CRITICAL STUDIES ADMINISTRATION