Scott Lyall is Associate Professor of 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 completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews before becoming a postdoctoral researcher in English, in the Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies, at Trinity College Dublin. After working at the University of Exeter, he joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2009.
His main research interests are in the areas of Modernism and twentieth-century literature, especially in Scotland and Ireland, and much of his work concerns the interwar revival in Scottish literature known as the Scottish literary renaissance, on which he has published widely and been interviewed on TV and radio. His first book, Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place, was published by Edinburgh University Press, and he is co-editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid and editor of The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon. His edited volume Community in Modern Scottish Literature is published by Brill in the SCROLL series. He is co-editor of the leading journal Scottish Literary Review.
Dr Lyall's research has a particular focus on cultural revival in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century. He is project leader of The Scottish Revival Network (@ScotRevival), in collaboration with Dr Michael Shaw of the University of Stirling. This international network, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2021-23), initiates discussion and analysis of various aspects of the revivals in Scottish literature and art from the 1880s to the 1950s. He is also working on a book project on the cultural and political utilisation of ideas of the sacred in Ireland from the Irish Revival to the Easter Rising.
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 supervises several PhD candidates and welcomes applications from prospective research students in any of his areas of expertise, in particular modern Scottish literature, small-nation Modernism, and movements of cultural revival.