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'Hauntings of Celticism': Fionn Mac Colla and the Myth of History

Lyall, Scott

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Fionn Mac Colla’s ideas of history can be characterised as postcolonial in their critique of historical determinism, Cartesian dualism and Whig progressivism. He utilises his theories, which encompass the psychological implications for individuals and nations of historical deficit, to oppose Scottish Reformation doctrine and the ostensible schisms of Scottish history, particularly the racial polarities promoted through Arnoldian Celticism. Mac Colla seeks to unify what he perceives as a divided Scottish history and identity through the adoption of Thomist religious philosophy.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Publication Date 2014-11
Deposit Date Jan 22, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 22, 2015
Print ISSN 0306-1973
Electronic ISSN 2050-4594
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 2
Pages 51-66
DOI https://doi.org/10.7227/LH.23.2.4
Keywords Scotland; history; Celtic tradition ; myth; Great Britain ; national identity ; Fionn Mac Colla; Celticism; Historicism; Matthew Arnold; Scottish Renaissance; postcolonial
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/7434
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/LH.23.2.4
Contract Date Jan 22, 2015

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