Scottish Modernism

Margery Palmer McCulloch

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Scottish Modernism

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This article examines the cultural revival that took place in Scotland in the years after the end of World War 1. It explains that the Scottish Renaissance, initiated by C. M. Grieve, was primarily a literary movement, although there were individual visual artists and musicians who interacted with it. The article argues that it was the final poetry of Hugh MacDiarmid and Edwin Muir which brought to a close one of the most vital periods in Scottish literary activity, one that not only restored a distinctive and diversified identity to Scottish literary culture but also restored the connections with European art and thought which had been an intrinsic element of the Scottish culture of the late medieval and eighteenth-century periods.

Keywords: cultural revival; Scotland; Scottish renaissance; C.N. Grieve; literary movement; Hugh MacDiarmid; Edwin Muir; Scottish literature

Article.  8012 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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