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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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Local and Global Outlooks

Local and Global Outlooks

(p.77) Chapter 3 Local and Global Outlooks
Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature

Louisa Gairn

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reveals that the development of ecologically-sensitive local and global perspectives in the work of Hugh MacDiarmid, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, and others in the inter-war years was a reflection of the ‘cosmic and regional’ perspectives fostered by Patrick Geddes and other early twentieth-century ecological thinkers. It notes that Hugh MacDiarmid argued in the 1920s that the Scots vocabulary he had unearthed by reading Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language constituted a valuable ‘unutilised mass of observation’ which was a ‘vast storehouse of just the very peculiar and subtle effects which modern European literature in general is assiduously seeking’.

Keywords:   Hugh MacDiarmid, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, regional perspectives, Patrick Geddes, ecological thinkers, global perspectives, European literature

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