Parallel pastoralisms : concurrent developments in the evolution of Scottish and southern literature
Britton, Ariel Allyn
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Scotland and the American South have a great deal in common. Both groups originate from a distinct geographic area characterized by its own economy, culture, and ethos, and both groups have evolved within the shadow of a regional power that is politically and economically stronger. Scotland and the American South have each fought wars attempting to achieve political independence and lost, yet both regions have engaged in an ongoing struggle for cultural independence. The people of Scotland and the South have employed similar strategies using literature as a means of maintaining cultural integrity and creating a distinct regional identity. An examination of the developments of both regions’ literary traditions reveals striking similarities in their changing use of provincial material and their evolving sense of regional identity.