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The Modern Scottish Literary Renaissance

Watson R (2009) The Modern Scottish Literary Renaissance. In: Brown Ian, Riach Alan (ed.). The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature. Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 75-87.

This chapter discusses the cultural politics of identity in the early twentieth century Scottish literary renaissance. It looks at the paradoxes contained in what might seem like an essentialist argument for 'Scottish' difference at political, cultural and psychological levels, while the literary work produced by its leading exponents actually problematises the very concept of a stable identity in the first place.

Hugh MacDiarmid; Bergson; elan vital; the 'Caledonian antisyzygy'; Annals of the Five Senses; Muir; Scott and Scotland; Lewis Grassic Gibbon; Nan Shepherd; Neil Gunn

Subject headings
Modernism (Literature) Scotland; Scottish literature 20th century

EditorBrown Ian, Riach Alan
AuthorsWatson Roderick
Title of seriesEdinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature
Publication date2009
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Place of publicationEdinburgh
ISBN 9780748636945
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