Scott Lyall

Scott Lyall

Dr Scott Lyall

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Biography

Dr Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern and Scottish Literature, Research Degrees Leader for the School of Arts and Creative Industries, and Vice-Convenor of the University Research Degrees Committee. He is co-editor of the journal Scottish Literary Review.

His main research interests are in the areas of Modernism and twentieth-century literature, especially in Scotland and Ireland. His first monograph, Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2006 and emerged from doctoral study at the University of St Andrews and a spell as postdoctoral research fellow in Irish-Scottish Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. After working at the University of Exeter (where he was entered in the RAE), he joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2009.

He is co-editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid (2011), and editor of The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon (2015), the first in this series of Association for Scottish Literary Studies companions to Scottish literature. His edited book Community in Modern Scottish Literature (2016) is the first volume published by Brill in the SCROLL series.

Dr Lyall won a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to establish The Scottish Revival Network (2021-23) in collaboration with Dr Michael Shaw (University of Stirling). He is also working on a book project on the religious and spiritual ideas behind the Irish Revival, for which he won a Carnegie research incentive grant.

Dr Lyall welcomes prospective PhD students in any of the above areas and in particular modern Scottish literature and small-nation Modernism.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches modules in Modern Scottish Fiction, Poetry from the Romantics to the present, The Modern Novel, and twentieth-century American writing.

BOOK REVIEWS

Community in Modern Scottish Literature

‘…a smart and often fascinating step into a much-needed area of enquiry. Unsurprisingly for a collection including some of the most interesting and recognised writers on modern Scottish literature, it stands as a useful literary history on its own, and contains some valuable and highly original accounts of familiar and unfamiliar texts. […] The book is welcome and important, and we should try to ensure it is widely read.’ – Professor Michael Gardiner, University of Warwick, England

The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon

‘Scott Lyall’s International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon is a very welcome contribution to […] Scottish internationalism, and brings together exciting and informative essays on all aspects of James Leslie Mitchell’s writing career, intellectual influences, and cultural context.’ – Dr Dougal McNeill, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Hugh MacDiarmid’s Poetry and Politics of Place

‘Given that MacDiarmid may well be the most influential but also the least understood of twentieth-century Scottish intellectuals and nationalists, Lyall’s book plays an important role in explaining how a key moment in Scottish history may yet become part of a more usable past.’ – Professor Matthew Wickman, Brigham Young University, USA

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Graduate knowledge exchange hub member: Nominated for Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Discipline+ Catalyst Membership.
  • Council member: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2014−present.
  • Board member: Publication Board, Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2013−present.
  • Review panel: Nominated Chair of the Ross Roy Medal panel, Universities Committee for Scottish Literature, to decide the best PhD in Scottish Literature.
  • Committee member: Nominated Secretary, Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.

 

Conference Activity

  • Conference Panel Chair: ‘Anti-moderns and Marginal Moderns’. Troublesome Modernisms, British Association for Modernist Studies International Conference, King’s College London, 20−22 June 2019.
  • Conference Panel Chair: Edwin and Willa Muir: Revaluations, ‘We Moderns’: Current Work in Modernist Studies, The Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Symposium, Edinburgh Napier University, 10 March 2018.
  • Conference Co-Organiser: 'We Moderns': Current Work in Modernist Studies, The Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Symposium, Edinburgh Napier University, 10 March 2018.
  • Conference Panel Chair: The Poets’ Panel: Poets, Nation and Narration, Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, 26 November 2016.
  • Conference Chair: Chair for the Day Conference and Evening Cultural Events: Neil M. Gunn: Spirituality and Community in his Life and Work, Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, 15 October 2016.
  • Conference Panel Convenor and Chair: Hugh MacDiarmid Panel, World Congress of Scottish Literatures, University of Glasgow, 2−5 July 2014.
  • Conference co-organiser: The International Tagore Conference, Edinburgh Napier University, 4−6 May 2012.
  • Seminar-series Organiser: Edinburgh Napier University Centre for Literature and Writing Research seminars: 'Community in Scottish Literature'. A year-long exploration of the theme of community in Scottish literature with talks by several invited prestigious external speakers.

 

Editorial Activity

  • Journal Co-Editor: Scottish Literary Review.
  • Book Editor: Community in Modern Scottish Literature (Leiden | Boston: Brill, 2016), 304pp.
  • Book Editor: The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon (Glasgow: ASLS, Scottish Literature International, 2015), 176pp.
  • Journal Reviews Editor: Scottish Literary Review.
  • Book Co-Editor: The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011), 196pp.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examining: Undergraduate BA (Hons) English Programme, University of Strathclyde, 2017−2021.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow: of the Higher Education Academy (date awarded: 23 November 2010).
  • Honorary Research Fellow: Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.

 

Invited Speaker

  • Seminar speaker: Invited to speak on the RSE-funded project The Scottish Revival Network. The Future of Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle, University of Glasgow, Online Event, 29 March 2021.
  • Conference talk: 'Nan Shepherd, Scotland and the Nature of Rural Modernism'. Modernist Legacies and Futures, Modernist Studies Ireland, NUI Galway, 17−18 May.
  • Conference talk: 'Nan Shepherd, or the Troublesome Nature of Scottish Modernism’. Troublesome Modernisms, British Association for Modernist Studies International Conference, King’s College London, 20−22 June 2019.
  • Plenary speaker: ‘Edwin Muir and the Question of Modernism'. ‘We Moderns’: Current Work in Modernist Studies, The Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Symposium, Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston, 10 March 2018.
  • Seminar speaker: ‘“It’s a far cry to the golden age”: Spiritual Revival in Sunset Song and Highland River’. Scottish Literature and World War I Symposium, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, 16 March 2018.
  • Conference talk: ‘“Seeking God by strange ways”: Symbolism and the Irish Revival’. European Revivals, Conference V – Cultural Mythologies Around 1900, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, 1−2 December 2017.
  • Keynote speaker: ‘Hugh MacDiarmid and Prejudice: Scotland, Creativity, and the Independence Debate’. Disrespected Neigho(u)rs: Cultural Stereotypes in Literature and Film, University of Jena, Germany, 21−23 April 2016.
  • Invited presenter: of the Ross Roy Medal for the best PhD in Scottish Literature for 2016 at the Saltire Literary Awards, Edinburgh, 24 November 2016.
  • Inaugural address: Day Conference: Poets, Nation and Narration, Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, 26 November 2016.
  • Conference talk: ‘“Fiery Speech”: Vision and Violence in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Patrick Pearse’. 13th ESSE Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland, 22−26 August 2016.
  • Seminar speaker: on W. B. Yeats, Fernando Pessoa and Hugh MacDiarmid. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 4 March 2016.
  • Conference talk: on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song. Association for Scottish Literature Schools’ Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 30 October 2015.
  • Invited speaker: 'The Catfish in the Aquarium: Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics'. Open History Society, Edinburgh, 27 November 2015.
  • Conference talk: 'Scottish Literature and New Cosmopolitanism'. Scottish Literature as World Literature, World Congress of Scottish Literatures, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 2−5 July 2014.
  • Invited lecturer: on James Kelman and Liz Lochhead. University of Edinburgh International Summer School, Edinburgh, 30 July 2014.
  • Conference talk: 'Translating Modernism: The Scottish Renaissance Movement and German-language Modernism'. World-literatures, Discrepant Transnationalisms, University of Stuttgart, Germany, December 2013.
  • Conference talk: ‘Hugh MacDiarmid and the Limits of Community’. Community and its Limits, University of Greenwich, London, 15 July 2013.
  • Conference talk: 'Scottish Studies, Democracy and the New Cosmopolitans'. 11th ESSE Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 4−8 September 2012.
  • Invited speaker: on Hugh MacDiarmid. The 2012 Andrew Tannahill Debate, Aye Write! Festival, Mitchell Library, Glasgow, 9 March 2012.
  • Seminar speaker: ‘Modernist Cosmopolitanation: Lewis Grassic Gibbon and James Joyce’. Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, Scottish Modernisms: Relationships and Reconfigurations Symposium, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 8 October 2011.
  • Conference talk: ‘Representations of Community in Twentieth Century Scottish Literature'. Association for Scottish Literary Studies Conference: The roots and the fruits of contemporary Scotland: literature and society, Universite Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France, 13−15 October 2011.
  • Conference talk: ‘Modernist Cosmopolitanation: Lewis Grassic Gibbon and James Joyce’. Association for Scottish Literary Studies Conference: Scottish and International Modernism, University of Stirling, Stirling, 6–7 June 2009.

 

Media Activity

  • Radio feature: discussing the poet Hugh MacDiarmid on the anniversary of his birth, interviewed by Stig Abell, Times Radio, 11 August 2020.
  • Newspaper article: interviewed for 'Hugh MacDiarmid: The Poet who Divided Opinion', The Scotsman, 16 June 2017.
  • TV appearance: Andrew Marr's Great Scots, episode 3: Hugh MacDiarmid, BBC TV, first broadcast 30 August 2014.
  • Radio feature: 'The Panoramic Pen’, discussing writers of Montrose, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 December 2004.
  • Newspaper article: interviewed for 'Proof of poet's date with Destiny revealed', The Scotsman, 16 February 2008.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member: International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures.
  • Member: Scottish Network of Modernist Studies.
  • Member: Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.
  • Member: Association for Scottish Literary Studies.

 

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Pagan Modernism: First World War and Spiritual Revival in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song and Neil M. Gunn’s Highland River

Book Chapter
Lyall, S. (2020)
Pagan Modernism: First World War and Spiritual Revival in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song and Neil M. Gunn’s Highland River. In D. A. Rennie (Ed.), Scottish Literature and World War I (180-199). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Abstract not available.

Scottish Modernism and the “Renaissance”

Book Chapter
Lyall, S. (in press)
Scottish Modernism and the “Renaissance”. In I. Duncan (Ed.), The Cambridge History of Scottish Literature. Cambridge University Press
No abstract available. Forthcoming 2022.

The novel between the wars

Book Chapter
Lyall, S. (in press)
The novel between the wars. In I. Duncan (Ed.), The Cambridge History of Scottish Literature. Cambridge University Press
No abstract available. Forthcoming 2022.

Modernist Scottish Women Writers [Website]

Digital Artefact
Lyall, S., Simpson, K., & Thompson, T. (2019)
Modernist Scottish Women Writers [Website]. [Website]

The Living Mountain: in an age of ecological crisis, Nan Shepherd’s nature writing is more relevant than ever

Other
Lyall, S. (2019)
The Living Mountain: in an age of ecological crisis, Nan Shepherd’s nature writing is more relevant than ever. The Conversation

Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Literary Renaissance

Book Chapter
Lyall, S. (in press)
Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Literary Renaissance. In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Scottish Literature. Wiley-Blackwell
This chapter will examine the so-called revival of Scottish literature in the period from the First World War to the beginning of the Second World War. One main focus will be ...

Nan Shepherd, or the Troublesome Nature of Scottish Modernism

Presentation / Conference
Lyall, S. (2019, June)
Nan Shepherd, or the Troublesome Nature of Scottish Modernism. Paper presented at Troublesome Modernisms: British Association for Modernist Studies International Conference, Kings College, London

Nan Shepherd, Scotland and the nature of rural modernism

Presentation / Conference
Lyall, S. (2019, May)
Nan Shepherd, Scotland and the nature of rural modernism. Presented at Modernist Legacies and Futures: Modernist Studies Ireland inaugural conference, NUI Galway, Ireland
No abstract available.

Minor Modernisms: The Scottish Renaissance and the Translation of German-language Modernism

Journal Article
Lyall, S. (2019)
Minor Modernisms: The Scottish Renaissance and the Translation of German-language Modernism. Modernist Cultures, 14(2), 213-235. https://doi.org/10.3366/mod.2019.0251
Germany has been epitomised in the twentieth century as Britain’s main rival and adversary. Yet Scottish modernists were influenced by Germany and German-language modernism to...

‘The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and Independence’ by Cairns Craig

Journal Article
Lyall, S. (2018)
‘The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and Independence’ by Cairns Craig. The Bottle Imp,

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