The History of Orkney Literature

The History of Orkney Literature

by Simon Hall



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The History of Orkney Literature by Simon Hall

Charting the development of the distinctly Orcadian strand within Scottish Literature since the middle ages, this concise study illustrates how the archipelago, rather than the nation, can be the defining locus of a compact and vibrant literary tradition. Presenting readings of Orcadian authors that include Walter Traill Dennison, Edwin Muir, Eric Linklater, Robert Rendall, and George Mackay Brown, this dedicated literary history also considers major texts written by "outside" authors, who are nevertheless demonstrably Orcadian in terms of their setting, style, and influence. From the skalds and sagamen of the Viking age, the internationally acclaimed poets and novelists of the 20th century, through to the colorful folklorists, polemicists, and translators of the Victorian era, this examination clearly defines how Orkney has continually and self-consciously developed a unique literary culture of its own.

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ISBN-13: 9781906566210
Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Simon Hall is the principal teacher of English at Kirkwall Grammar School in Orkney, and is the coauthor of Scottish Literature.

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