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Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place
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Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Map; Introduction: Imagining a Scottish Republic; 1. 'Towards a New Scotland': Selfhood, History, and the Scottish Renaissance; 2. Debatable Land; 3. 'A Disgrace to the Community'; 4. At The Edge of the World; 5. 'Ootward Boond Frae Scotland': MacDiarmid, Modernism, and the Masses; Index.

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Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature at Edinburgh Napier University, having taught previously at Trinity College, Dublin, and Exeter University. His Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic was published by EUP in 2006.

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This is the first book I've read which takes a patient, detailed, cautious yet essentially humane evaluation of what MacDiarmid's politics were, how they came about and what their lasting significance might be...There are real insights into the poetry and literary practice of the man, and the literary, political and personal milieux of his life. -- Professor Alan Riach, University of Glasgow Given that MacDiarmid may well be the most influential but also the least understood of twentieth-century Scottish intellectuals and nationalists, Lyall's book plays an important role in explaining how a key moment in Scottish history may yet become part of a more usable past...[an] earnest and insightful study. Scottish Studies Review This is the first book I've read which takes a patient, detailed, cautious yet essentially humane evaluation of what MacDiarmid's politics were, how they came about and what their lasting significance might be...There are real insights into the poetry and literary practice of the man, and the literary, political and personal milieux of his life. Given that MacDiarmid may well be the most influential but also the least understood of twentieth-century Scottish intellectuals and nationalists, Lyall's book plays an important role in explaining how a key moment in Scottish history may yet become part of a more usable past...[an] earnest and insightful study.

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