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The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918)

Edited by Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning, Murray Pittock

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In almost a century since the First World War ended, Scotland has been transformed in many rich ways. Its literature has been an essential part of that transformation. The third volume of the History explores the vibrancy of modern Scottish literature in all its forms and languages. Giving full credit to writing in Gaelic and by the Scottish diaspora, it brings together the best contemporary critical insights from three continents. It provides an accessible and refreshing picture of both the varieties of Scottish literatures and the kaleidoscopic versions of Scotland that mark literary developments since 1918.

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Preface, Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock
Chapter 1 - Changing cultures: the history of Scotland since 1918 Richard Finlay
Chapter 2 - Notes on a small country: Scotland's geography since 1918, Hayden Lorimer
Chapter 3 - Resistance to monolinguality: the languages of Scotland since 1918, Wilson Mcleod and Jeremy Smith
Chapter 4 - The International Reception and Literary Impact of Scottish Literature of the period since 1918, Paul Barnaby and Tom Hubbard
Chapter 5 - The Criticism of Scottish Literature: tradition, decline and renovation., Cairns Craig
Chapter 6 - Literature and the Screen Media since 1908, Richard Butt
Chapter 7 - Material Culture in Modern Scotland , Murray Pittock
Chapter 8 - Sir James Frazer And Marian McNeill, Robert Fraser
Chapter 9 - Hugh MacDiarmid, Alan Riach
Chapter 10 - Edwin and Willa Muir: Scottish, European and Gender Journeys 1918-1969, Margery Palmer McCulloch
Chapter 11 - 'To get leave to live': negotiating regional identity in the literature of North-east Scotland, Alison Lumsden
Chapter 12 - Disorientation of place, time and 'Scottishness': Conan Doyle, Linklater, Gunn, Mackay Brown and Elphinstone, Ian Campbell
Chapter 13 - Past and Present: Modern Scottish Historical Fiction, Colin Milton
Chapter 14 - Tradition and Modernity: Gaelic Bards in the Twentieth Century, Thomas A McKean
Chapter 15 - Theatres, Writers and Society: Structures and infrastructures of theatre provision in twentieth-century Scotland, David Hutchison
Chapter 16 - Cultural Catalysts: Sorley MacLean and George Campbell Hay, Christopher Whyte
Chapter 17 - Living with the double tongue: modern poetry in Scots, Roderick Watson
Chapter 18 - Monsters and Goddesses: culture re-energised in the poetry of Ruaraidh MacThòmais and Aonghas MacNeacail, Michel Byrne
Chapter 19 - Old Country, New Dreams: Scottish Poetry since the 1970s, Eleanor Bell
Chapter 20 - The Lost Boys and Girls of Scottish Children's Fiction, Maureen A Farrell
Chapter 21 - The human and textual condition: Muriel Spark's narratives, Margaret Elphinstone
Chapter 22 - From Carswell to Kay: Aspects of Gender, the Novel and the Drama, Susanne Hagemann
Chapter 23 - The Autobiography in Scottish Gaelic, Meg Bateman
Chapter 24 -Varieties of voice and changing contexts: Robin Jenkins, Janice Galloway, Bernard Sellin
Chapter 25 - Breaking Boundaries: From Modern to Contemporary in Scottish Fiction , Douglas Gifford
Chapter 26 - Re-imagining the city: end of the century cultural signs in the novels of McIlvanney, Banks, Gray, Welsh, Kelman, Owens, and Rankin., Marie Odile Pittin-Hédon
Chapter 27 - The Border crossers and reconfiguration of the possible: poet-playwright-novelists from the mid twentieth century on, Ian Brown and Colin Nicholson
Chapter 28 - Struggling for status and the limits of the twentieth century Gaelic literary revival: the short story, novel and drama in Gaelic, Michelle MacLeod and Moray Watson
Chapter 29 - Staging the Nation: multiplicity and cultural diversity in contemporary Scottish theatre, Ian Brown
Chapter 30 - Varieties of Gender Politics, Sexuality and Thematic Innovation in late Twentieth-century Drama, Ksenija Horvat
Chapter 31 - The Diaspora and its writers, Iain Wright
Chapter 32 - New Diversity, Hybridity and Scottishness, Alastair Niven.

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).

Thomas Clancy is Lecturer in the Department of Celtic at the University of Glasgow.

The late Susan Manning was Grierson Professor of English Literature, and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor at the University of Glasgow, Pro Vice-Principal and Honorary Scottish History Adviser to the National Trust for Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Historical Society and the English Association and a prize lecturer of both the RSE and the British Academy.He has held senior appointments at the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester, and visiting appointments in history and literature globally at universities including Yale, Trinity College, Dublin, New York University and Charles University, Prague. Recent publications include The Scots Musical Museum (2 vols, 2018); Culloden (2016) and Material Culture and Sedition (2013). His current projects include The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay (funded by the AHRC, 2018-23), The Scottish Heritage Partnership (on VR and Immersive design and procurement, funded by EPSRC-AHRC) and Robert Burns and the Scottish Economy (funded by Scottish Government).


Monumental yet accessible, comprehensive in its scholarly range but full of unexpected delights, a mirror of a fast-changing society and its culture, the third volume of The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature represents a new level of knowledge and consciousness about Scotland’s literature in all its facets and multiple identities.
- Michael Lynch, Professor Emeritus in Scottish History, former Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography, University of Edinburgh

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