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Author Stirling, Kirsten.
Title Bella Caledonia : woman, nation, text / Kirsten Stirling.
Imprint Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2008.

Author Stirling, Kirsten.
Series Scottish cultural review of language and literature ; v. 11
Scottish cultural review of language and literature ; v. 11.
Subject Scottish literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Women in literature -- 20th century.
Nationalism in literature.
Women authors, Scottish.
Scotland -- Symbolic representation.
Scotland -- In literature.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Description 1 online resource (136 pages).
Note Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Glasgow, 2001 under the title 'The image of the nation as a woman in twentieth century Scottish literature.'
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-134) and index.
Contents Introduction: Engendering the nation -- Woman as nation -- The female figure in the Scottish Renaissance -- The female nation as victim -- The monstrous muse -- Women writing nation.
Summary Looks at the widespread tradition of using a female figure to represent the nation, focusing on twentieth-century Scottish literature. The woman-as-nation figure emerged in Scotland in the twentieth century, but as a literary figure rather than an institutional icon like Britannia or France's Marianne. Scottish writers make use of familiar aspects of the trope such as the protective mother nation and the woman as fertile land, which are obviously problematic from a feminist perspective. But darker implications, buried in the long history of the figure, rise.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781441603531 (electronic bk.)
1441603530 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 316862420
Additional Format Print version: Stirling, Kirsten. Bella Caledonia. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2008 9789042025103