Introduction: Modernism and Scottish Modernism

Margery Palmer McCulloch

in Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634743
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651900 | DOI:
Introduction: Modernism and Scottish Modernism

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This introductory chapter considers the possibility of the existence of a varied and distinctive Scottish literature that interacts with both traditional and international influences. It looks at an interwar ‘Scottish Renaissance’ movement and notes that modernism as a movement has been going through recent critical scrutiny and interpretation. The chapter emphasises that avant-garde artistic experimentation and withdrawal from direct involvement in political and social affairs varied, depending on the conditions of place and time, and also notes that Scotland had a modernist presence in the pre-1914 years. The final section of the chapter focuses on the late poetry of Edwin Muir and Hugh MacDiarmid.

Keywords: Scottish literature; interwar; Scottish Renaissance; modernism; avant-garde; artistic experimentation; modernist presence; Edwin Muir; Hugh MacDiarmid

Chapter.  4210 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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