Neil M. Gunn: Re-imagining the Highlands

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:
Neil M. Gunn: Re-imagining the Highlands

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This chapter discusses Neil M. Gunn and his re-imagining of the Scottish highlands. It first examines Gunn's earliest works, which include his contributions to MacDiarmid's Northern Review and Scottish Nation magazines. The chapter then takes a look at his first novel, The Grey Coast, and his use of myth and theme in the search for sources of historical decline. It determines that Gunn's fiction created a new perception of the Highlands as an important part of Scotland, while simultaneously placing the fiction among the revitalising literature of the modernist period.

Keywords: Neil M. Gunn; Scottish highlands; Grey Coast; myth; historical decline; modernist period

Chapter.  9878 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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