Life During Wartime

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:
Life During Wartime

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This chapter looks at Ian Hamilton Finlay, a figure who can't be excluded from any discussion of how post-Enlightenment thought puts violence and reason back together, apparently separated out in glorious modernity, demonstrating how the tenets of Enlightenment mean that the Scots are still living through cruelty. It notes that Finlay is the only Scottish poet discussed in what is probably the classic explication of American late-modern/early postmodern poetics, Perloff's Radical Artifice. It further notes that this postmodernism, which, as in Morgan, reasserts form sui generis far more than did the final Olsonian phase of modernism, leans on native contexts: Perloff and other American critics have been insightful in arguments asserting the ‘provinciality’ of modernism (as in William Carlos Williams), which are probably most familiar to Scots through Robert Crawford.

Keywords: Ian Hamilton Finlay; post-Enlightenment; Scots; Radical Artifice; postmodernism; modernism; Robert Crawford

Chapter.  8738 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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