Dr Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature, Research Degrees Leader for the School of Arts and Creative Industries, and Vice-Convenor of the University Research Degrees Committee.
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. He has also recently won a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to conduct research on the Scottish novelist Nan Shepherd.
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.
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