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The Impossibility of Synthetic Scots; Or, Hugh MacDiarmid's Nationalist Internationalism

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter builds on the Introduction's discussion of Hugh MacDiarmid's “Synthetic Scots” poetry, an experimental vernacular style that he developed after 1922 through practices of ... More


Local and Global Outlooks

Louisa Gairn

in Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633111
eISBN:
9780748653447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633111.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter reveals that the development of ecologically-sensitive local and global perspectives in the work of Hugh MacDiarmid, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, and others in the inter-war years was a ... More


Introduction: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Scott Lyall

in Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623341
eISBN:
9780748652167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623341.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

International conflict, the inhibiting of Scottish self-determination and class discord – each of these lineaments of power relations informs Hugh MacDiarmid’s poem and Alasdair Gray’s novel. ... More


The Flytings

Corey Gibson

in The Voice of the People: Hamish Henderson and Scottish Cultural Politics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748696574
eISBN:
9781474412520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696574.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter explores Henderson’s ‘flytings’, or public debates, with the poet Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978), in which they contested Scotland’s literary culture and the value of traditional folk-song ... More


Introduction

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Introduces the controversial status of modernism's relation to vernacular language through a discussion of Gertrude Stein's poetic narrative, “Melanctha” (1909), with particular focus on its warm ... More


At the Edge of the World

Scott Lyall

in Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623341
eISBN:
9780748652167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623341.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter concentrates on Whalsay, which is vital to the creation of Hugh MacDiarmid’s poetry and politics. In Red Scotland, MacDiarmid has ‘cut himself off almost entirely from personal contact ... More


‘Ootward Boond Frae Scotland’: MacDiarmid, Modernism and the Masses

Scott Lyall

in Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623341
eISBN:
9780748652167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623341.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter interprets the internationalism of the poet’s vernacular modernism as a challenge to capitalism’s global marketing of mass culture. Hugh MacDiarmid decentres the geography of exilic ... More


‘Towards a New Scotland’: Selfhood, History and the Scottish Renaissance

Scott Lyall

in Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623341
eISBN:
9780748652167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623341.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter establishes the historical basis of Hugh MacDiarmid’s nationalism in the First World War, before exploring how the Scottish modernism of the Renaissance he envisaged attempted to ... More


Debatable Land

Scott Lyall

in Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623341
eISBN:
9780748652167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623341.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores Langholm, which is central to the creation of Hugh MacDiarmid’s poetry and politics. His self-imposed intellectual task began in the Langholm Library. MacDiarmid revenges his ... More


Dear Green Places

Louisa Gairn

in Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633111
eISBN:
9780748653447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633111.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter considers the questions of the local and global that had become more significant in the post-war period, contending that post-war ‘rural’ writers including Nan Shepherd, Neil Gunn, Edwin ... More


‘A Disgrace to the Community’

Scott Lyall

in Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623341
eISBN:
9780748652167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623341.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on Montrose, which is important to the creation of Hugh MacDiarmid’s poetry and politics. MacDiarmid’s modernist poetry in Scots and his espousal of a radical Scottish politics ... More


Visionaries and Revisionaries: Late Muir and MacDiarmid

Margery Palmer McCulloch

in Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959: Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634743
eISBN:
9780748651900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634743.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses Edwin Muir and Hugh MacDiarmid, and observes the contrasting way they each dealt with the changing modern world. It first focuses on Muir, and discusses the importance of ... More


Hugh MacDiarmid and Modernist Poetry in Scots

Margery Palmer McCulloch

in Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959: Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634743
eISBN:
9780748651900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634743.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses Hugh MacDiarmid, who revived the Scots language as a modern and avant-garde medium. It takes note of his struggles with the old traditions of Scotland that appeared to be ... More


Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic

Scott Lyall

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623341
eISBN:
9780748652167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623341.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The only book on Hugh MacDiarmid currently in print, this study gives unique focus to the politics of one of modern Scotland’s major cultural figures. By examining at length those places in Scotland ... More


Wole Soyinka and Hugh MacDiarmid: The Violence and Virtues of Nations

Alan Riach

in Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature: Comparative Texts and Critical Perspectives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748637744
eISBN:
9780748652143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637744.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the cultural critic offering an assessment that must be especially ready to historicise the work of Hugh MacDiarmid and Wole Soyinka, and to see the different roles their ... More


Paganism and Christianism: The Victorians and Their Successors

Heather O’Donoghue

in English Poetry and Old Norse Myth: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199562183
eISBN:
9780191789489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562183.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

Chapter Four examines the way in which Old Norse myth came to be interpreted as evidence of an ancient religious system, or might be allegorized to provide evidence of “Old Thought”. The seeds of ... More


Introduction: Modernism and Scottish Modernism

Margery Palmer McCulloch

in Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959: Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634743
eISBN:
9780748651900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634743.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This introductory chapter considers the possibility of the existence of a varied and distinctive Scottish literature that interacts with both traditional and international influences. It looks at an ... More


Anti-colonialism in twentieth-century Scotland

Stephen Howe

in Scotland, Empire and Decolonisation in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780719096174
eISBN:
9781781708736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719096174.003.0006
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

Can we identify and pursue a distinctive Scottish idea, or set of ideas, about empire and colonialism? Was there a unique Scots mode of radical critique of empire? The answer to both questions, it is ... More


The Voice of the People: Hamish Henderson and Scottish Cultural Politics

Corey Gibson

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748696574
eISBN:
9781474412520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696574.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This book examines the work of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002): principal strategist of the modern Scottish folk revival, poet, songwriter, translator, folklorist, vociferous cultural commentator, and, ... More


Postscript: The Strange Death of Literary Unionism

Gerard Carruthers

in Literature and Union: Scottish Texts, British Contexts

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198736233
eISBN:
9780191853722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198736233.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The interwar period marked a major turning point in the history of Scottish literature. The story of Scots before MacDiarmid’s recasting of it as synthetic Lallans was happily enmeshed in the ... More


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