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Gilfillan of Dundee

Interpreting Religion and Culture in Mid-Victorian Scotland, 1813-1878

By (author) Aileen Black
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Dundee University Press Ltd, Dundee, United Kingdom
Imprint: Discovery Press
Published: 30th Nov 2006
ISBN-10: 1845860063
ISBN-13: 9781845860066
Barcode No: 9781845860066
A controversial orator and campaigner for political and religious progress, George Gilfillan was revered as an idol by his working class audiences and readers. Yet he was censured for his indiscriminate hero-worship, his advocacy of Darwinism and 'Spasmodic' poetry, and his outspoken comments on Roberet Burns and Thomas Carlyle. This book challenges preconceptions about Victorian religion and argues for the significance of sermons, speeches and written work of cultural mediators in mid-Victorian Scotland. It offers new insights into the richness of working class poetry, the diversity of congregational life in Dundee and the lives of the many unknown men and women in Gilfillan's circle.

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