Scott Lyall

Scott Lyall

Dr Scott Lyall

Lecturer T&R

Biography

Dr Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature and Research Degrees Leader for the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

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.

He is currently working on a project on the religious and spiritual ideas behind various small-nation cultural and political revivals in the early twentieth century and won a Carnegie research incentive grant to study the work of Irish writers, such as W.B. Yeats and Patrick Pearse.

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.

He is reviews editor for the ASLS journal Scottish Literary Review.

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

Research Areas

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Conference Activity

  • Co-convener of the International Tagore Conference, Edinburgh Napier University, 4−6 May 2012.
  • 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 Panel 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 Panel Convener and Chair: Hugh MacDiarmid Panel, World Congress of Scottish Literatures, University of Glasgow, 2−5 July 2014.

 

Media Activity

  • Invited contributor to Andrew Marr's BBC2 programme, Great Scots, episode 3: Hugh MacDiarmid. First broadcast 30 August 2014.
  • Online article in The Conversation: ‘What Sunset Song Tells Us About the Modern World’. Published 1 December 2015.
  • Online article in Bella Caledonia: 'Hugh MacDiarmid and Prejudice'. Published 9 June 2016.
  • Invited contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Panoramic Pen’, Montrose. Broadcast 28 December 2004.

 

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Co-opted onto Council, Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2014−present.
  • Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.
  • Nominated: Chair, Ross Roy Medal panel, Universities Committee for Scottish Literature. To decide the best PhD in Scottish Literature.
  • Nominated: Secretary, Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.

 

Reviewing

  • Invited to peer review a prospective monograph for the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.
  • Invitation to peer review a prospective article for the USA-based journal Studies in Scottish Literature.
  • Invitation to be monograph proposal reviewer for Edinburgh University Press.
  • Invitation to peer-review a prospective article for Scottish Literary Review, the leading international journal for Scottish literary studies.
  • Invitation to peer-review a prospective article for Scottish Literary Review, the leading international journal for Scottish literary studies.

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited presenter: Saltire Literary Awards 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.
  • Invited speaker: the 2012 Andrew Tannahill Debate, Aye Write! Festival, Mitchell Library, Glasgow, 9 March 2012.
  • Invited speaker: 11th ESSE Conference, Istanbul, 4−8 September 2012: 'Scottish Studies, Democracy and the New Cosmopolitans'.
  • Invited speaker: European Revivals, Conference V – Cultural Mythologies Around 1900, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, 1−2 December 2017: ‘“Seeking God by strange ways”: Symbolism and the Irish Revival’.
  • Invited speaker: 13th ESSE Conference, NUI Galway, 22−26 August 2016: ‘“Fiery Speech”: Vision and Violence in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Patrick Pearse’.
  • Invited speaker: World-literatures, Discrepant Transnationalisms, University of Stuttgart, Germany, December 2013: 'Translating Modernism: The Scottish Renaissance Movement and German-language Modernism'
  • Invited speaker: Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) Scottish and International Modernism Conference, University of Stirling, 6–7 June 2009: ‘Modernist Cosmopolitanation: Lewis Grassic Gibbon and James Joyce’.
  • Invited speaker: Scottish Network of Modernist Studies (SNoMS), Scottish Modernisms: Relationships and Reconfigurations Symposium, University of Strathclyde, 8 October 2011: ‘Modernist Cosmopolitanation: Lewis Grassic Gibbon and James Joyce’.
  • Invited speaker: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, The roots and the fruits of contemporary Scotland: literature and society, Universite Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, 13−15 October 2011: ‘Representations of Community in C20th Scottish Literature.
  • Invited speaker: Community and its Limits, University of Greenwich, 15 July 2013: ‘Hugh MacDiarmid and the Limits of Community’
  • Plenary Lecture: ‘We Moderns’: Current Work in Modernist Studies, The Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Symposium, Edinburgh Napier University, 10 March 2018: ‘Edwin Muir and the Question of Modernism’.
  • Invited speaker: Scottish Literature and World War I Symposium, University of Aberdeen, 16-17 March: ‘“It’s a far cry to the golden age”: Spiritual Revival in Sunset Song and Highland River’.
  • Invited speaker: Association for Scottish Literature Schools’ Conference, 30 October 2015, talking on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song.
  • Invited speaker: Open History Society, Edinburgh, 27 November 2015: 'The Catfish in the Aquarium: Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics'.
  • Invited lecturer: Edinburgh University International Summer School, 30 July 2014.
  • Invited speaker: Scottish Literature as World Literature, World Congress of Scottish Literatures, University of Glasgow, 2−5 July 2014
  • International Keynote Lecture: Disrespected Neigho(u)rs: Cultural Stereotypes in Literature and Film, University of Jena, Germany, 21−23 April 2016: ‘Hugh MacDiarmid and Prejudice: Scotland, Creativity, and the Independence Debate’.

 

Editorial Activity

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

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, School of English and Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies. Won Fellowship of 23,000 Euros.
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (recognition reference: 41683; date awarded: 23 November 2010).

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner. University of Glasgow, Richard McCaffrey, ‘Poets as Legislators: Self, Nation and Possibility in World War Two Scottish Poetry’, date examined: 19 February 2015.

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Ex officio member and officer: Council, Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2014−present.
  • Scottish Network of Modernist Studies.

 

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