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Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Literary Revival

  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 on the work and ideas of the principal propagandist for the interwar revival, also known as the Scottish Renaissance Movement, Hugh MacDiarmid (pseudonym of Christopher Murray Grieve). However, the chapter will set MacDiarmid’s work in the context of the many other writers of the period who can be understood as contributing to the revival, such as Edwin Muir, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Neil M. Gunn, and Lewis Spence. It will also pay particular attention to the work of female writers such as Violet Jacob, Nan Shepherd, Willa Muir, Catherine Carswell, Christine Orr, Naomi Mitchison, and Dot Allan, to suggest that their work forms an important but still underappreciated part of the revival period. The chapter will set the work of these writers in the context of post-war developments in literature such as modernism, as well as social and historical changes in Scotland and beyond, and other small-nation revivals such as that occurring in Ireland.

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    22 August 2019

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    Edinburgh Napier Funded


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



Scottish Literature

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