Editor: Scott Lyall
Community in Modern Scottish Literature is the first book to examine representations and theories of community in Scottish writing of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries across a broad range of authors and from various conceptual perspectives. The leading scholars in the field examine work in the novel, poetry, and drama, by key Scottish authors such as MacDiarmid, Kelman, and Galloway, as well as less well known writers. This includes postmodern and postcolonial readings, analysis of writing by gay and Gaelic authors, alongside theorists of community such as Nancy, Bauman, Delanty, Cohen, Blanchot, and Anderson. This book will unsettle and yet broaden traditional conceptions of community in Scotland and Scottish literature, suggesting a more plural idea of what community might be.
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Biographical Note

Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature at Edinburgh Napier University. He is author of Hugh MacDiarmid’s Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic (EUP, 2006), and has edited books on MacDiarmid and Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

Review Quotes

"... a smart and often fascinating step into a much-needed area of enquiry. Unsurprisingly for a collection including some of the most interesting and recognised writers on modern Scottish literature, it stands as a useful literary history on its own, and contains some valuable and highly original accounts of familiar and unfamiliar texts. Like the other SCROLL collections, it is beautifully presented and organised and will hopefully be attractive to libraries in Scotland and elsewhere, and should find a place on many undergraduate reading lists. The book is welcome and important, and we should try to ensure it is widely read."
- Michael Gardiner, University of Warwick, in Scottish Literary Review, Vol.9.2 (2017)

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors
Editor’s Acknowledgements

Preface: In Search of Community
SCOTT LYALL

Introduction: ‘Tenshillingland’: Community and Commerce, Myth and Madness in the Modern Scottish Novel
SCOTT LYALL

The Lonely Island: Exile and Community in Recent Island Writing
TIMOTHY C. BAKER

Individual, Community and Conflict in Scottish Working-Class Fiction, 1920–1940
H. GUSTAV KLAUS

Speaking for Oneself and Others: Real and Imagined Communities in Gaelic Poetry from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
EMMA DYMOCK

Hugh MacDiarmid’s Impossible Community
SCOTT LYALL

Becoming Anon: Hamish Henderson, Community and the ‘Folk Process’
COREY GIBSON

The Alternative Communities of Alexander Trocchi
GILL TASKER

Scottish Drama: The Expanded Community
TRISH REID

Alienation and Community in Contemporary Scottish Fiction: The Case of Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing
ALEX THOMSON

From Subtext to Gaytext? Scottish Fiction’s Queer Communities
CAROLE JONES

‘Maybe singing into yourself’: James Kelman, Inner Speech and Vocal Communion
SCOTT HAMES

The New Scots: Migration and Diaspora in Scottish South Asian Poetry
BASHABI FRASER

Community Spirit? Haunting Secrets and Displaced Selves in Contemporary Scottish Fiction
MONICA GERMANÀ

Bibliography
Index

Readership

All in interested in modern Scottish literature, modern literature in English, and theories and representations of community.