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Lecturer in Modern Literature, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Scott Lyall is Lecturer in Modern Literature and Research Degrees Leader for the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University.

His main research interests are in the areas of Modernism and twentieth-century literature, especially in Scotland and Ireland. His first monograph, Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place: Imagining a Scottish Republic, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2006 and emerged from doctoral study at the University of St Andrews and a spell as postdoctoral research fellow in Irish-Scottish Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. After working at the University of Exeter he joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2009.

He is co-editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid (2011), and editor of The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon (2015), the first in this series of Association for Scottish Literary Studies companions to Scottish literature. His edited book Community in Modern Scottish Literature (2016) is the first volume published by Brill in the SCROLL series.

He is currently working on a project on the religious and spiritual ideas behind the literary revivals of the early twentieth century in Ireland and Scotland and won a Carnegie research incentive grant to study the work of Irish writers such as W. B. Yeats and Patrick Pearse. He has also recently won a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to conduct research on the Scottish novelist Nan Shepherd.


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    Lecturer in Modern Literature, Edinburgh Napier University