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Lines of Defence

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/9780748633111.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter demonstrates that John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie, and Alan Warner were not only reviewing human relationships with nature, but also the role that writing has to play in exploring and ... More


‘Gifts of the Wild’: Dwelling, Temporality and Landscape in Kathleen Jamie’s Writing

Monika Szuba

in Contemporary Scottish Poetry and the Natural World: Burnside, Jamie, Robertson and White

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474450607
eISBN:
9781474477093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450607.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Following Kathleen Jamie’s words that ‘poetry is a sort of connective tissue where myself meets the world, and it rises out of that, that liminal place’, the chapter discusses Jamie’s poetic work ... More


‘Connective Leaps’: Sightlines and The Overhaul

Louisa Gairn

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The Overhaul and Sightlines extend Jamie’s call for attentive, observational writing; what she describes as a “new kind of work that renegotiate[s] our place in the natural world.” This involves not ... More


Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Rachel Falconer (ed.)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This volume constitutes the first collection of scholarly essays devoted to a sustained critical assessment of the writings of Kathleen Jamie, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary poets. Nationally ... More


‘Proceeding Without a Map’: Kathleen Jamie and the Lie of the Land

David Wheatley

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter explores questions of poetic territory in Jamie’s poetry, with particular focus on Jizzen,The Tree House and The Overhaul. Wheatley considers Jamie’s political and historical poems, and ... More


‘We Do Language Like Spiders Do Webs’: Kathleen Jamie and Michael Longley in Conversation

Maria Johnston

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Michael Longley writes of Jamie: 'She has perfect pitch, a natural sense of cadence and verbal melody that helps to give her work the feel of organic inevitability'. Longley flies close to the heart ... More


Introduction

Rachel Falconer

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Surveying the range of Kathleen Jamie's corpus to date, from the earliest collection of verse (Black Spiders,1982) to her poetry collection The Overhaul (2012), her volume of nature essays, ... More


Contemporary Scottish Poetry and the Natural World: Burnside, Jamie, Robertson and White

Monika Szuba

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474450607
eISBN:
9781474477093
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450607.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Contemporary Scottish Writers and the Natural World examines the work of four Scottish poets – John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie, Robin Robertson and Kenneth White – in the light of philosophical ... More


Kathleen’s Scots

Robert Crawford

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This assesses Kathleen Jamie's use of Scots across a range of her poetry, but it also has some qualities of a personal tribute by a fellow contemporary poet. Beginning with a discussion of Jamie's ... More


A Poetics of Listening

Faith Lawrence

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This is an exploration of Kathleen Jamie’s ‘poetics of listening’, a consideration of the importance of ‘listening' within her poetic practice. A 'poetics of listening' is compared with the notion ... More


‘The Tilt from One Parish to Another’: The Tree House and Findings

Peter Mackay

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter addresses the questions of how humans interact with the natural landscape and the status of poets – as opposed to scientists and activists – in this interaction. It focuses on the recent ... More


Into the Centre of Things: Poetic Travel Narratives in the Work of Kathleen Jamie and Nan Shepherd

Eleanor Bell

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Reflecting on her experiences of the Cairngorms in The Living Mountain (written 1940s, published 1977), Nan Shepherd writes, 'Here then may be lived a life … so untouched by any mode of apprehension ... More


Life Lines, Sight Lines: Collaborative Works

Eleanor Spencer

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Kathleen Jamie has long been interested in the complex intersections of personal and national identity. This chapter takes up the theme of the individual poetic voice working in collaboration with ... More


Nature and Embodiment in This Weird Estate

Lucy Collins

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

In an essay entitled ‘Pathologies’ Jamie reflects on the role of the microscopic other in endangering human wellbeing and continuing life. This ‘inner natural world’ is both complex and contingent ... More


Form in The Tree House

Michael O’Neill

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter discusses the use and workings of form in Kathleen Jamie’s The Tree House. It explores how she balances the claims of modernity and tradition, how she deploys an idiom that combines ... More


Midlife Music: The Overhaul and Frissure

Rachel Falconer

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter explores the theme of a midlife threshold in Jamie’s two volumes published in 2012-13. Instead of a conversionary trope, such as we find in the famous opening lines of Dante’s Commedia, ... More


Mr and Mrs Scotland Are Taking a Vacation in the Autonomous Region

Alan Riach

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

In the work of Jamie, Scotland is contextualised with co-ordinate points that arise from the foundations of her understanding of socially gendered, power-structured identities, in which nationality ... More


‘Sweet-Wild Weeks’: Birth, Being and Belonging in Jizzen

Juliet Simpson

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The last tercet of ‘February’ concentrates a fiercely tender chiaroscuro of birth and being, which is arguably the pulse-beat and enigma of Jamie’s early collection, Jizzen. ‘Birth’, figured, here, ... More


Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature

Louisa Gairn

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633111
eISBN:
9780748653447
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633111.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This book presents a provocative and timely reconsideration of modern Scottish literature in the light of ecological thought. The book demonstrates how successive generations of Scottish writers have ... More


‘An Orderly Rabble’: Plural Identities in Jizzen

Timothy L. Baker

in Kathleen Jamie: Essays and Poems on Her work

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748696000
eISBN:
9781474422284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696000.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Jizzen (1999) has frequently been approached in terms of its clear parallels between individual and national birth and development. Throughout the volume, however, Jamie presents collective identity ... More


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