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Tartan, Tartanry and Hybridity

Ian Brown

in From Tartan to Tartanry

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638772
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638772.003.0001
Tartan, Tartanry and Hybridity

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This chapter discusses the coverage of this book which seeks to explore the warp, weft, and variety — organic or not — of tartan and tartanry. It focuses on the history of tartan, addressing various ways in which at different times and in different places it has been mythologised and seeking to bring sense to what has sometimes been a fraught discourse. It also notes that the book offers a variety of cultural perspectives that explore attitudes and usages with regard to tartan and the ways in which its use has led to varieties of ‘tartanry’. It addresses them in relation to heritage, mythopoeia and history, popular culture, popular theatre, literature and cultural translation, film, comedy, rock and pop music, sport, and ‘high’ culture.

Keywords: warp; weft; tartan; tartanry; heritage; mythopoeia; history; popular culture; popular theatre; literature

Chapter.  4624 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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