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By Regina Hewitt

This quantity bargains a revaluation of the paintings of Romantic-era Scottish author John Galt. Galt traveled during the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds and based the Canadian urban of Guelph whereas ultimate in contact with neighborhood cultures and politics in Scotland and England. He wrote fiction, drama, and biography in keeping with his own observations of existence and in ways in which linked him with the “theoretical” or “conjectural” tools of Scottish Enlightenment historiographers. Galt’s insights into the societies he inhabited and visited, his perceptions of political extremism and sophistication clash, his attitudes towards group development and development, his convictions approximately determinism and historic revisionism, his techniques for manipulating literary genres and readers’ responses, and his ambivalence concerning the worth of literature deserve attention in gentle of recent considering in our personal fields approximately what constitutes social wisdom and possible how you can symbolize it.
The essays during this quantity learn Galt’s paintings in gentle of the convergence of literature, background, and social conception in Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic-era tradition and in our personal interdisciplinary atmosphere. Discussing Galt’s paintings and importance within the many components, genres, and contexts within which he figures, they expand the circle of contacts with whom we affiliate Galt, relocating from anticipated comparisons with contemporaries Walter Scott and James Hogg to unforeseen hyperlinks with such later authors and social thinkers as George Douglas Brown and Harriet Martineau. in addition, those essays extend the repertoire of works studied, delivering the 1st prolonged analyses of Eben Erskine, Rothelan, and the Travels and Observations of Hareach, the Wandering Jew along with new readings of Annals of the Parish, Bogle Corbet, and Ringan Gilhaize. total, the essays draw out the results of Galt’s practices and family members as a journalist, dramatist, critic, biographer, and novelist, constructing grounded conjectures approximately their importance in Galt’s time and our own.

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