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The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish RevivalRomance, Decadence and Celtic Identity$
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Michael Shaw

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433952

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433952.001.0001

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The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival
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Michael Shaw

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433952.003.0007

This conclusion builds on the previous chapters of the book and highlights some key lines of continuity between the Scottish cultural revivalists of the fin de siècle and the writers of the Scottish Renaissance. By focussing on Hugh MacDiarmid, the conclusion reveals that – despite MacDiarmid’s dismissive portraits of late-Victorian Scotland – he acknowledged various debts to (and expressed admiration for) several figures discussed in this book, including William Sharp/Fiona Macleod and Patrick Geddes. The lines of continuity presented here are only indicative, but they reveal a more complex relationship between late-Victorian and Modernist cultural nationalism than some of MacDiarmid’s quotations suggest.

Keywords:   Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish literature, Scottish Renaissance, Victorian, Edwardian, William Sharp, Patrick Geddes, Cultural nationalism

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