Outlander and Culloden: Finding Truth in Representation

April 16th, 2018, is the 272nd anniversary of the Battle of Culloden near Inverness, Scotland, the last battle of the Jacobite Rising and the last battle fought on British soil. Learn more about the battle and its representations in art and literature, including Outlander, through my post from last fall. Remember the fallen.

Philosofishal by Carrie Tangenberg

Featured image: Claire & Frank walk Culloden Battlefield, grave markers center, memorial cairn right, Outlander Ep105, “Rent,” credit: STARZ/Sony Pictures Television

Warning: Possible spoilers from Voyager, book #3 in the Outlander series

The Heart asks Pleasure – first –
And then – Excuse from Pain –
And then – those little Anodynes
That deaden suffering –

And then – to go to sleep –
And then – if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor
The privilege to die –

– Emily Dickinson, 1890

On the cusp of our long-awaited Season 3 of Outlander STARZ, starting this Sunday in the U.S., some readers and viewers renew in their minds, if not through talk, the age-old debate over the quality of a show’s adaptation of the book it’s based on. But not me.

Since I have yet to enjoy a book in the series more than the first

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