The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid

Edited by Scott Lyall, Margery Palmer McCulloch

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The only full-length companion available to this distinctive and challenging Scottish poet

By using previously uncollected creative and discursive writings, this international group of contributors presents a vital updating of MacDiarmid scholarship. They bring fresh insights to major poems such as A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, To Circumjack Cencrastus and In Memoriam James Joyce, and offer new political, ecological and science-based readings in relation to MacDiarmid's work from the 1930s. They also discuss his experimental short fiction in Annals of the Five Senses, the autobiographical Lucky Poet, and a representative selection of his essays and journalism. They assess MacDiarmid's legacy and reputation in Scotland and beyond, placing his poetry within the context of international modernism.

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Series Editors' Preface
Brief Biography of Hugh MacDiarmid
Editions and Abbreviations
Introduction, Scott Lyall and Margery Palmer McCulloch
1. MacDiarmid and International Modernism, Roderick Watson
2. MacDiarmid's Language, Dorian Grieve
3. C. M. Grieve / Hugh MacDiarmid, Editor and Essayist, Alan Riach
4. Transcending the Thistle in A Drunk Man and Cencrastus, Margery Palmer McCulloch and Kirsten Matthews
5. MacDiarmid, Communism and the Poetry of Commitment, Scott Lyall
6. MacDiarmid and Ecology, Louisa Gairn
7.The Use of Science in MacDiarmid's Later Poetry, Michael H. Whitworth
8. Hugh MacDiarmid's (Un)making of the Modern Scottish Nation, Carla Sassi
9. Hugh MacDiarmid: The Impossible Persona, David Goldie
10. Transatlantic MacDiarmid, Jeffrey Skoblow
11. MacDiarmid's Ambitions, Legacy and Reputation, Margery Palmer McCulloch
Further Reading
Notes on Contributors

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Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature at Edinburgh Napier University, having taught previously at Trinity College, Dublin, and Exeter University. His Hugh MacDiarmid’s Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic was published by EUP in 2006.

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.

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