Feelings for Nature in Victorian Scotland

Louisa Gairn

in Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653447 | DOI:
Feelings for Nature in Victorian Scotland

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This chapter considers the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson alongside those of nineteenth-century mountaineering intellectuals John Veitch and John Stuart Blackie, land rights campaigners, and the poetry of Gaelic crofters, which, taken together, demonstrate a crucial shift towards a more bodily experience of the natural world, a new ‘feeling for nature’ spurred by developments in biological science which offered fresh perspectives on the relationship between self and world. It reports that the period from the 1850s until the end of the century saw the activity of mountaineering become increasingly popular in the British Isles, and become not only a sport but a ‘science of a highly complex character, cultivated by trained experts, with a vocabulary, an artillery, and rigorous methods of its own’.

Keywords: Robert Louis Stevenson; mountaineering; John Veitch; John Stuart Blackie; Gaelic crofters; British Isles

Chapter.  13999 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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