Scotland: Literary Land of Multiple Personalities and Perspectives

September 11, 2014 9:50 PM

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Scotland: Literary Land of Multiple Personalities and Perspectives

With so much else going on this summer, it's taken a while for people outside the United Kingdom to realize that an important national referendum is about to happen. But inside the UK, and especially in Scotland -- where I've been living for the summer -- everyone has been talking about it for some time now. On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland will decide whether they should remain part of the United Kingdom or become independent. If they choose the latter, Scotland will end the political union with England that began on May 1, 1707, and re-embark on its own national narrative.

I won't weigh in here on the question of which side I think has the better case; there are cases to be made for both sides, and anyway I don't get a vote. But in thinking about the choice voters are facing -- to remain Scottish within Britain, or to become solely Scottish -- I was reminded that Scot...

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