The Paradox of Scottish Culture: The Twentieth-Century Experience

Michael Gardiner

in From Trocchi to Trainspotting

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653393 | DOI:
The Paradox of Scottish Culture: The Twentieth-Century Experience

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This chapter describes what post-1960 Scottish literature is not: in a semi-conscious state of doubt as to whether a language, a ‘people’ and a nation can be reconciled. It concludes by presenting the ‘Second Renaissance’ debate. It notes that during the ‘second Renaissance’ the term Lallans — intended to refer to those ‘speakers’ of a specific form of Lowland Scots — became in toto the title of a journal running from 1973 to the present, flying the flag for the southernmost area of the Muir/Daiches schema and more seriously attempting a recovery of the register of the border ballads. It further notes that Gaelic's ‘renaissance’ was much slower; despite positive noises made by MacDiarmid, it has taken the more recent fame of Sorley Maclean to bring Gaelic literature back into serious consideration.

Keywords: Scottish literature; Second Renaissance; Lallans; Lowland Scots; Daiches schema; ballads; Gaelic; MacDiarmid; Sorley Maclean

Chapter.  11129 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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