The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid

The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid


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Hugh MacDiarmid is widely considered the most significant Scottish poet since Robert Burns and the major literary force in twentieth-century Scottish culture. His poetry is both compelling in its intellectual challenge and captivating in its lyrical beauty. This book explores the principal thematic and aesthetic preoccupations in MacDiarmid's work, relating his poetry to key national and international concerns in modern culture and politics. It offers a vital updating of MacDiarmid scholarship through contributions by leading scholars of the modern period which provide a contextual and interpretive guide to this challenging writer. All of MacDiarmid's major poetic works are examined in addition to a representative selection of his diverse output in other genres, from journalism to shorter fiction, autobiography and political polemic. His poetry and his place in the cultural history of Scottish, British and international modernism will be contemporised through consideration of his significance from a European, transatlantic and ecological global perspective. This collection of essays on MacDiarmid will draw on the creative and discursive writings made newly available through the recent publication of previously uncollected work. Key features:* Updates and internationalises MacDiarmid studies* Provides informed analysis and contextualisation of MacDiarmid's poetry through close readings of texts* Utilises recently published MacDiarmid material* Contributes to a re-drawing of the map of international literary modernism

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748641901
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 05/16/2011
Series: Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature at the Edinburgh Napier University.

Margery Palmer McCulloch is Senior Research Fellow in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Table of Contents

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; Endnotes; Further Reading; Notes on Contributors; Index.

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