Tartan Enactments and Performing Hybridity

  • Ian Brown


This chapter explores a range of enactments and performances of Scottishness in both public events and theatre. It analyses ways in which perceptions, wearing and meanings of tartan as a hybridising form have developed since the middle ages. It discusses the context and meanings of George IV’s 1822 Royal Visit in the light of post-Culloden politics, the 1782 repeal of the banning of tartan and Walter Scott’s vision of Scottish identity within the Hanoverian settlement. It addresses the development of Balmorality and the role of theatrical Scottishness in the diaspora. It concludes by exploring the hybridity of the Scottish theatre tradition, drawing attention to specific examples of boundary-crossing, generic shift and Scots- and Gaelic-language experimentation by actors and writers.


Tartan Walter Scott Hanoverians Jacobitism Balmoral Burns Supper 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityLondonUK

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