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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature

Edited by Ian Brown, Alan Riach

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This volume considers the major themes, texts and authors of Scottish literature of the twentieth and, so far, twenty-first century. It identifies the contexts and impulses that led Scottish writers to adopt their creative literary strategies. Moving beyond traditional classifications, it draws on the most recent critical approaches to open up new perspectives on Scottish literature since 1900.

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Contents

Series Editors' Preface
1 Introduction, Ian Brown and Alan Riach
2 Arcades - The Turning of the Nineteenth Century, Cairns Craig
3 Scotland, Empire and Apocalypse from Stevenson to Buchan, Murray Pittock
4 Literature and World War One, Trevor Royle
5 Arcades - The 1920s and 1930s, Alan Riach
6 Twentieth-century Scottish Drama, Donald Smith and Ksenija Horvat
7 The Modern Scottish Literary Renaissance, Roderick Watson
8 Scottish Literature and World War Two, Douglas Gifford
9 Arcades - The 1940s and 1950s, Moira Burgess
10 The Poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid and W. S. Graham, John Corbett
11 Post-war Scottish Fiction - Mac Colla, Linklater, Jenkins, Spark and Kennaway, Bernard Sellin
12 Arcades - The 1960s and 1970s, Ian Brown and Colin Nicholson
13 The (B)order in Modern Scottish Literature, Carla Sassi
14 The Seven Poets Generation, Robyn Marsack
15 Language and Identity in Modern Gaelic Verse, Michelle Macleod
16 Arcades - The 1980s and 1990s, Michael Gardiner
17 Scottish Contemporary Popular and Genre Fiction, Marie Odile Pittin-Hédon
18 Poetry in the age of Morgan, Alan Riach
19 Entering the Twenty-first Century, Ian Brown
Endnotes
Synoptic Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index.

About the Author

Ian Brown is Professor in Drama at Kingston University. He is General Editor of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (EUP: 2007) and Series Editor of The Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature, co-editing the volume on the twentieth century (2009) and on drama (due out in 2011).

Alan Riach holds the Chair of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. He is the General Editor of the Collected Works of Hugh MacDiarmid and the author of Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Hugh MacDiarmid's Epic Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 1991). His fifth book of poems, Homecoming (Luath Press) will be published in 2009.

Reviews

Brown and Riach... respond to T.S. Elliot's alleged 1919 quip—"Was there a Scottish Literature?"—overwhelmingly in the affirmative. Preceded by a valuable introduction, the 18 self-standing chapters, contributed mostly by established Scottish academics (e.g. Douglas Gifford, Murray Pittock, Roderick Watson, Cairns Craig, John Corbett), provide a mass of material... Useful notes and bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.

- J. Walker, Queen's University at Kingston, Choice

This welcome volume is one of the new Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature series. Written by experts in the field including Professors John Corbett, Douglas Gifford [and] Alan Riach ... This volume adds great value to the existing more general material.

- Penny Dade, Reference Reviews
This collection not only fits the bill in terms of a comprehensive, illustrative range of discussions which give the reader a deep since of Scottish writing in the twentieth century, but it also offers thought-provoking and engaging perspectives on that terrain which go beyond a mere guide and provide a set of snapshots of luring intellectual pathways... This is a really great, resourceful and illuminating book.
- Aaron Kelly, Scottish Literary Review

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