Dr Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature and Research Degrees Programme 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, 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 volumes. Scott's 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 (2016) to study the work of Irish writers, such as W.B. Yeats and Patrick Pearse.
Scott welcomes prospective PhD students in any of the above areas and in particular modern Scottish literature and small-nation Modernisms.
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.