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Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature$
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Louisa Gairn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633111.001.0001

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Introduction: Re-Mapping Modern Scottish Literature

Introduction: Re-Mapping Modern Scottish Literature

(p.1) Introduction: Re-Mapping Modern Scottish Literature
Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature

Louisa Gairn

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the coverage of this book that suggests that the science and philosophy of ecology — which asks questions about being in the world, about ‘dwelling’ and ‘belonging’, and most fundamentally, about the relationship between humans and the natural environment — has been a valuable and significant concept in the work of Scottish writers since the mid-nineteenth century. It further suggests that writing about the natural world is a vital component of a diverse Scottish literature, and demonstrates how successive generations of Scottish writers have both reflected and contributed to the development of international ecological theory and philosophy. It emphasises that this book is about Scottish literature from the perspective of ecological thought, and is a consideration of the development of ecological and ecocritical traditions and discourses since the mid-nineteenth century.

Keywords:   ecology, ecocritical traditions, natural environment, Scottish literature

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