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Counter Acts of Union explores the political relationship between Scotland and England in the century after the 1707 Act of Union as it was negotiated in the literary realm. It examines Britain not as a homogeneous stable unit, but as a dynamic process. Far from being constituted by a single Act of Union, the author contends, Britain was forged - in all the variant senses of that word - from multiple acts of union and dislocation over time. Accordingly, each of the first five chapters focuses on a discursive encounter between a Scottish and an English writer. The concluding chapter considers the use made of the representation of Scottish national difference in Britain in the institutionalization of English literature. The book also considers the articulation of British national identity within more general questions concerning postcolonial theories of the nation, and sets itself within the current debate about the future of Scotland within Britain.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English literature 18th century History and criticism, National characteristics, British, in literature, Nationalism and literature Great Britain History 18th century, Nationalism and literature Great Britain History 19th century, English literature Scottish authors History and criticism, English literature 19th century History and criticism, Scotland History The Union, 1707 Historiography, Literature, Comparative English and Scottish, Literature, Comparative Scottish and English, Scotland In literature