Introduction
in Special relationships

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers a series of cultural and literary relationships that took place across the Atlantic. It reveals a set of borrowings, shared considerations and preoccupations, rivalries and friendships that took place between creative writers and cultural commentators on both sides of the Atlantic from the mid nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. The book discusses Donald Macleod's 'furious riposte' to that which he read as a poorly informed American intervention in Scottish politics, all the more shocking coming from the world-famous author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. It engages with manifestations of the Gothic imagination. The book considers the inventive use that Harriet Wilson makes of the slave narrative in Our Nig. The book argues that Alison Easton used Walter Scott in order to situate the American Revolution in the national imagination.

Special relationships

Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936

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