Mediating Cultural Memory in Britain and Ireland: From the 1688 Revolution to the 1745 Jacobite Rising (Cambridge University Press, 2022) is the first book to analyze the relationship between cultural memory, national identity and the changing media ecology in early eighteenth-century Britain. It focuses on five pivotal episodes in the histories of England, Scotland and Ireland: the 1688 “Glorious” Revolution; the War of the Two Kings in Ireland (1688-91); the Scottish colonial enterprise in Darien (1695-1700); the 1715 Jacobite Rising; and the 1745 Jacobite Rising. The book explores the initial inscription of these episodes in forms such as official documents, manuscript newsletters, letters, newspapers and popular histories and examines how counter-memories of these events continued to circulate in later mediations. Bringing together Memory Studies, Book History and British Studies, Mediating Cultural Memory shines new light on the early eighteenth century as a crucial stage in the development of a modern understanding of cultural memory. It also illuminates the processes of remembrance and forgetting that have played such a central role in creating Great Britain and contributes a historical perspective to current discussions on the nature of national memories.

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The International Companion to Scottish Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century (co-edited with Janet Sorensen) was published in 2021 by the Association of Scottish Literary Studies. 

It is available from the ASLS site or (for subscribing institutions) from Project Muse.

(Table of Contents 

I. Language, Identity, and History

  • 1.     Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, ‘Gaelic Literature, 1650-1800’
  • 2.     Corey Andrews, ‘Poems in the Scots Register, 1650–1800’
  • 3.     Leith Davis, ‘Presenting the National Past: The Use­­s of History in Scottish Literature, 1650-1707’
  • 4.     Holly Faith Nelson and Sharon Alker, ‘Literary Print Culture in Restoration Scotland’

II. Media and Mediation

  • 5.     Kate Mathis, ‘Gaelic Women’s Poetry’
  • 6.     Emma Pink, ‘Gender and National Identity in Allan Ramsay’s The Tea-Table Miscellany and Eighteenth-Century Scottish Song Culture’
  • 7.     Leith Davis and Jasreen Kaur Janjua, ‘Fierce Females and Male Pretenders: Gender, Cultural Memory and Anti-Jacobite Print Culture During the 1745 Rising’
  • 8.     Juliet Shields, ‘How to Become an ‘Authoress’ in Provincial Scotland: Women’s Poetry in Manuscript and Print’

III. Possibilities of Genre

  • 9.     Ian Brown, ‘Scottish Theatre in the Long Eighteenth Century’
  • 10. David Radcliffe, ‘‘‘Will No One Tell Me What She Sings?”: Scots Pastoral Poetry
  • 11. JoEllen DeLucia ‘Common Sense Philosophy and Sentimental Fiction: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Women Novelists’
  • 12. Sìm Innes, The Luxury Debate in Scottish Enlightenment-era Gaelic Poetry: Air Fàsachadh na Gàidhealtachd Albannaich’

IV. Environments of Space and Time

  • 13. Eric Gidal, ‘Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry and Ecology’
  • 14. Dafydd Moore, The Poems of Ossian and the Birth of Modern Geology
  • 15. Alex Deans, ‘Crossing Borders: Travel Writing and Eighteenth-Century Scotland’
  • 16. Janet Sorensen, ‘Scots and the Language of the Sea in Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random and William Falconer’s The Shipwreck
  • 17. Michael Morris, Ottobah Cugoano and Scotland’s Minority Imperialist Culture