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Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959

Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange

Margery Palmer McCulloch

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This innovative book proposes the expansion of the existing idea of an interwar Scottish Renaissance movement to include its international significance as a Scottish literary modernism interacting with the intellectual and artistic ideas of European modernism as well as responding to the challenges of the Scottish cultural and political context.

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Introduction: Modernism and Scottish Modernism
1 Towards a Scottish Modernism: C. M. Grieve, Little Magazines and the Movement for Renewal
2 Hugh MacDiarmid and Modernist Poetry in Scots
3 Criticism and New Writing in English
4 Beyond This Limit: Women, Modernism and the Modern World
5 Whither Scotland? Politics and Society between the Wars
6 Neil M. Gunn: Re-Imagining the Highlands
7 Modernism and Littérature Engagée: A Scots Quair and City Fiction
8 Poetry and Politics
9 Visionaries and Revisionaries: Late Muir and MacDiarmid
10 Continuities and New Voices

About the Author

Margery Palmer McCulloch is Senior Research Fellow in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. She is co-editor of Scottish Literary Review. Her recent books include Modernism and Nationalism: Source Documents for the Scottish Renaissance, and Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959: Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2009.


What makes McCulloch’s book most valuable for Modernists... is not a new theory of Modernism but an astute analysis of the ways Scottish Modernists developed distinct, if parallel, techniques with culturally specific materials and sources. She manages this massive project through sustained argument for innovation and experimental technique joined withsummary, commentary and interpretation of authors whose work has been left out of accounts of ‘British’ Modernism and often even Scottish criticism. The result is a major challenge to traditional analyses of Modernism and a significant intervention in the ‘New Modernism’ of the past decade.
- Review of English Studies