He is right to criticise the unnecessary romanticisation
of the Civil Rights struggle, but his own conclusions are equally unjustifiable.
The chapters are set out in chronological order, dealing with texts which demonstrate how Anglophone writers have dealt with their Gaelic subjects in a variety of ways, including civilising missions, assimilation, Romanticisation
, stereotyping and, perhaps most discomforting for readers with the benefit of twenty-first-century hindsight, biologistic racial typologising.
They became the highlanders whose falsified clan history, from the romanticisation
of the highlands in the 18th century, has overtaken the whole of Scotland and given all modern Scots tartan plaid kilts which they never had historically.
The British tendency to brush colonial history under the carpet has been compounded by the gauzy romanticisation
of Empire in assorted television soap operas that provide a rose-tinted view of the colonial era, glossing over the atrocities, exploitation, plunder and racism that were integral to the imperial enterprise.
Charlie's seemingly innocuous (but actually problematic) exoticisation of Jasper--of 'wonder[ing] what he's really like'--blends with his childlike romanticisation
of events, glossing over the deeper political realities plaguing Jasper's life.
The novel is a study of romanticisation
, how its five dead sisters --the suicides of the title--have taken on a mythical place in the adolescent memories of its collective narrators, who were boys living across the street from them in Michigan in the mid 1970s.
of sovereignty has led, as previously discussed, to fantasies that continue to extol the contemporary importance of sovereigns.
This, together with the common romanticisation
of love marriages, is actually more suggestive of the modern European ideal of the 'bourgeois companionate marriage' (Mackie, p52).
This is not to say that literature should be a facsimile of reality; nevertheless, literature does reflect and perpetuate social attitudes, and such Western romanticisation
and reductionism can function to enforce damaging imperialistic conceptions (Said).
Anthropologists, and others who can observe and listen (see Dobson 2012) while avoiding romanticisation
and projection, know that there is still a great wealth of intangible as well as tangible knowledge to be gathered on this subject.
and exuberance breed uncritical adulation of their 'power and reach', along with the perception of new technology as the 'magic wand'.
Reference to the local is not a romanticisation
of 'small' being beautiful, but a sense that something is being lost.