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.
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.
"... 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
Preface: In Search of Community
Introduction: ‘Tenshillingland’: Community and Commerce, Myth and Madness in the Modern Scottish Novel
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
Hugh MacDiarmid’s Impossible Community
Becoming Anon: Hamish Henderson, Community and the ‘Folk Process’
The Alternative Communities of Alexander Trocchi
Scottish Drama: The Expanded Community
Alienation and Community in Contemporary Scottish Fiction: The Case of Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing
From Subtext to Gaytext? Scottish Fiction’s Queer Communities
‘Maybe singing into yourself’: James Kelman, Inner Speech and Vocal Communion
The New Scots: Migration and Diaspora in Scottish South Asian Poetry
Community Spirit? Haunting Secrets and Displaced Selves in Contemporary Scottish Fiction
All in interested in modern Scottish literature, modern literature in English, and theories and representations of community.