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'To "Meddle Wi' The Thistle"': C. M. Grieve's Scottish Chapbook, The Little Magazine, and the Dilemmas of Scottish Modernism

Lyall, Scott



Examines C. M. Grieve’s (Hugh MacDiarmid’s) most important journal enterprise, The Scottish Chapbook, which critics have assumed marks the beginning of a modernist Scottish renaissance. Against this view, this article argues that the range of contributions to the Chapbook were generally not modernist in their formal characteristics, many recalling the Victorian or fin-de-siècle periods. While the Chapbook’s brief lifespan (1922–23) was typical for modernist little magazines, the dilemmas encountered by Grieve’s periodical – restricted finances, lack of avant-garde contributors – are explained here as a side-effect of ‘localist modernism’, a concept explained by Eric B. White.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 11, 2023
Online Publication Date Feb 13, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Dec 11, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 14, 2024
Print ISSN 0039-3770
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 1
Pages 28-49
Edition Hugh MacDiarmid at 100: Essays on the anniversary of his first publication. A Special Issue of Studies in Scottish Literature, edited by Scott Lyall and James Benstead
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