The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Poetry

The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Poetry

Paperback Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature (Paperback)

Edited by Colin Nicholson, Edited by Matt McGuire


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  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 14mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0748636269
  • ISBN 13: 9780748636266
  • Sales rank: 877,679

Product description

This is the first book to take political devolution as an organising context for the presentation and discussion of main currents in contemporary Scottish poetry. The book combines thematic chapters with in-depth analysis of key poets writing in English, in Gaelic and in Scots, to address the central issues raised in work that is responding to changes in the socio-economic and political environment over recent decades: the influence of tradition (both national and international); the question of language; the rise of women's writing; the relationship between poetry and politics; and the importance of place to the Scottish imagination. The chapters demonstrate a broad range of interests, while also offering detailed analysis of the many ways writers broach their subject matter; including close readings of poetry by Edwin Morgan, Kenneth White, Aonghas MacNeacail, Kathleen Jamie, John Burnside, Robin Robertson, Mick Imlah and Don Paterson, among others. Chapters by practicing poets and by academics deliver senses of the current range and quality of poetry in Scotland. Key Features *A thorough guide to contemporary Scottish poetry and poets, making the book an ideal course text *Reflects the ways in which the work of Scottish poets reflects a radical cultural independence following Devolution *Provides authoritative essays by the leading experts in the field *Includes a valuable synoptic bibliography

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Author information

Matt McGuire is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on both Scottish and Irish Literature and he is the author of The Essential Guide to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2008). His work has appeared in the Edinburgh Review, Scottish Studies Review and The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (2007). Colin Nicholson is Professor of Eighteenth-Century and Modern Literature at Edinburgh University where he teaches a course in Modern and Contemporary Scottish Poetry. During the 1990s he edited the British Journal of Canadian Literature, and is the author of Edwin Morgan: Inventions of Modernity (2002), and Fivefathers: Interviews with Late Twentieth-century Scottish Poets (2007).

Table of contents

Introduction Feeling Independent, Matt McGuire and Colin Nicholson; 1. The Poetics of Devolution, Alan Riach; 2. Scottish Women's Poetry since the 1970s, Fiona Wilson; 3. Contemporary Poetry in Scots, Tom Hubbard; 4. Contemporary Gaelic Poetry, Niall O'Gallagher; 5. A Democracy of Voices , Kirsten Matthews; 6. Recent Scottish Poetry, Colin Nicholson; 7. Edwin Morgan, Matt McGuire and Colin Nicholson; 8. Kenneth White and John Burnside, Marco Fazzini; 9. Aonghas MacNeacail, Peter McKay; 10. Kathleen Jamie, Matt McGuire; 11. Kenneth White, Cairns Craig; 12. Don Paterson, Alan Gillis; Further Reading; Notes on Contributors; Index.