Dear Green Places

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:
Dear Green Places

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This chapter considers the questions of the local and global that had become more significant in the post-war period, contending that post-war ‘rural’ writers including Nan Shepherd, Neil Gunn, Edwin Muir, and George Mackay Brown, often viewed as peripheral, are actually central and of international relevance, and questioning the supposed division between Scottish rural and urban writing. It observes that the search for ways of encountering and expressing the non-human world through poetry is central to the later work of Hugh MacDiarmid and to the geopoetic practice of Kenneth White, while the poetry and prose of Ian Hamilton Finlay, Iain Crichton Smith, and George Mackay Brown constitute a crucial element of resistance in the face of environmental and cultural degradation.

Keywords: Nan Shepherd; Neil Gunn; Edwin Muir; George Mackay Brown; poetry; Hugh MacDiarmid; geopoetic practice; Kenneth White; Ian Hamilton Finlay; Iain Crichton Smith

Chapter.  20536 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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