Cairns Craig


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in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland
February 16, 1949

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Robert Cairns Craig, OBE, FRSE, FBA is a Scottish literary scholar, specialising in Scottish and modernist literature. He has been Glucksman Professor of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen since 2005. Before that, he taught at the University of Edinburgh, serving as Head of the English Literature Department from 1997 to 2003. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005.

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Iain Banks's 'Complicity': ...

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The Modern Scottish Novel

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Out of History: Narrative P...

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The Wealth of the Nation: S...

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A History of the Scottish N...

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Intending Scotland: Explora...

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Muriel Spark, Existentialis...

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Yeats, Eliot, Pound and the...

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“Scott and Terry created a political theatre in which a Hanovarian English monarch could appear on the stage of Edinburgh to act the part of a Stuart king.”
Cairns Craig, The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and Independence

“Scotland had no need of a 'resistant nationalism' precisely because it was an imperial nation engaged in projecting its national culture to the world. The historical problem of Scotland's 'absent nationalism' in the nineteenth century is a non-problem because far from lacking a nationalism, Scottish nationalism was vigorously engaged on imposing itself wherever Scots had achieved a determining or a significant role within the territory of the British Empire. Scottish nationalism did not need to assert itself within the British state because the 'world was its field', and its aim was to make Scotland the spiritual core of the imperial project.”
Cairns Craig, The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and Independence

“The attempt to separate Lowland from Highland Scotland ignores the extent to which Lowland Scots are the descendants of Highlanders, and how many Lowland Scots, like Nan Shepherd, made the country's mountains the focus of their spiritual aspirations. 'Highlandism' is not simply the ersatz adoption of a stereotypical version of Scottish culture which is entirely unconnected with the reality of modern Scottish life: the Highlands are both the geographical and the historical backdrop with which 'Lowland' Scottish culture interacts.”
Cairns Craig, The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and Independence



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