Scott Lyall

Scott Lyall

Dr Scott Lyall

Lecturer in Modern & Scottish Literature Research Degrees Leader (SACI)

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.

He is currently working on a project on the religious and spiritual ideas behind the Irish and Scottish revivals of 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 also 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.

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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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Nominated for Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Discipline+ Catalyst Membership.
  • Nominated Vice-Convener of the University Research Degrees Committee.
  • Co-opted onto Council, Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2014−present.
  • 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.
  • Member of the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.

 

Conference Activity

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

  • Co-editor: Scottish Literary Review.
  • 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.
  • Reviews Editor: Scottish Literary Review.
  • Book: Co-ed., The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), 196pp.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Carnegie RIG funding award
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (recognition reference: 41683; date awarded: 23 November 2010).
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow.

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited speaker. 'Nan Shepherd, Scotland and the Nature of Rural Modernism', at Modernist Legacies and Futures, organised by Modernist Studies Ireland, NUI Galway, 17-18 May.
  • Invited speaker: ‘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 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: 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 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: 13th ESSE Conference, NUI Galway, 22−26 August 2016: ‘“Fiery Speech”: Vision and Violence in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and Patrick Pearse’.
  • 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’.
  • Invited Speaker: University of Edinburgh, 4 March 2016. Talking on W.B. Yeats, Fernando Pessoa and Hugh MacDiarmid.
  • Invited speaker: Open History Society, Edinburgh, 27 November 2015: 'The Catfish in the Aquarium: Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics'.
  • Invited speaker: Association for Scottish Literature Schools’ Conference, 30 October 2015, talking on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Sunset Song.
  • 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
  • Invited speaker: World-literatures, Discrepant Transnationalisms, University of Stuttgart, Germany, December 2013: 'Translating Modernism: The Scottish Renaissance Movement and German-language Modernism'
  • Invited speaker: Community and its Limits, University of Greenwich, 15 July 2013: ‘Hugh MacDiarmid and the Limits of Community’
  • 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: 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: 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’.

 

Media Activity

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

 

Membership of Professional Body

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

 

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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. (in press)
Pagan Modernism: First World War and Spiritual Revival in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song and Neil M. Gunn’s Highland River. In Scottish Literature and World War OneEdinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

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

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

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

Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Literary Revival

Book Chapter
Lyall, S. (in press)
Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Literary Revival. In The Blackwell Companion to Scottish LiteratureBlackwell
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, 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
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,

Scotland’s Top Ten & the Inadequacy of a National Canon: Alasdair Gray’s Lanark (1981)

Journal Article
Lyall, S. (2017)
Scotland’s Top Ten & the Inadequacy of a National Canon: Alasdair Gray’s Lanark (1981). Studies in Scottish literature, 43(2),
Discusses the healthy overlap in the recent BBC Scotland poll on Scotland's Favourite Novel between popular appeal and critical recognition; judges Gray's Lanark as "Scotland'...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, School of English and Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies. Won Fellowship of 23,000 Euros.

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