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Title: ‘Living with the Double Tongue: Modern Poetry in Scot
Authors: Watson, Roderick
Contact Email: r.b.watson@stir.ac.uk
Editors: Brown, Ian
Clancy, Thomas Owen
Manning, Susan
Pittock, Murray
Citation: Watson R (2006) ‘Living with the Double Tongue: Modern Poetry in Scots’. In: Brown Ian, Clancy Thomas Owen, Manning Susan, Pittock Murray (ed.). The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918), (Volume 3). Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, 3, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 163-
Keywords: Modern poetry in Scots
Scots language poetry
MacDiarmid
Garioch
Sydney Goodsir Smith
Tom Leonard
W.N. Herbert
Robert Crawford
David Kinloch
Richard Price
the double tongue
postcolonial theory
Bakhtinian theory
hybridity
estrangement
Scots as English's 'other'
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Series/Report no.: Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, 3
Abstract: The linguistic pluralism inherent in Scottish cultural identity has made contemporary writers in Scotland peculiarly sensitive to how subjectivity is simultaneously constructed and undone in the precisions and imprecisions of language and in the tangled translations and transitions (and the political and social complexities) between utterance and reception. Such factors are doubly relevant to the unique status of Scots as a literary language, both demotic and constructed, both familiar and estranged, that is both 'other' to, and 'othered' by English. In this respect the 'double tongue' of poetry in Scots has a telling relationship with the instabilities of expression and identity as realised by contemporary writers, who are more concerned with the problematics of personal, existential, political or sexual being than they are with an older generation's interest in recovering a national identity and establishing validating links to an older literary tradition.
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this book chapter in this Repository. The chapter was first published in The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918), (Volume 3) by Edinburgh University Press.; Published in The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918), (Volume 3). Copyright: Edinburgh University Press.
Type: Part of book or chapter of book
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1073
URL: http://www.eupjournals.com/book/9780748624829
Affiliation: English Studies

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