Local and Global Outlooks

Louisa Gairn

in Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653447 | DOI:
Local and Global Outlooks

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This chapter reveals that the development of ecologically-sensitive local and global perspectives in the work of Hugh MacDiarmid, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, and others in the inter-war years was a reflection of the ‘cosmic and regional’ perspectives fostered by Patrick Geddes and other early twentieth-century ecological thinkers. It notes that Hugh MacDiarmid argued in the 1920s that the Scots vocabulary he had unearthed by reading Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language constituted a valuable ‘unutilised mass of observation’ which was a ‘vast storehouse of just the very peculiar and subtle effects which modern European literature in general is assiduously seeking’.

Keywords: Hugh MacDiarmid; Lewis Grassic Gibbon; regional perspectives; Patrick Geddes; ecological thinkers; global perspectives; European literature

Chapter.  13276 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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