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Scottish Novels of the Second World War

 

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Scottish Novels of the Second World War


by Isobel Murray (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780956628312

 

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Scottish Novels of the Second World War by Isobel Murray (Paperback) (ISBN: 9780956628312)

"The pieces fit together to leave a deep and vivid impression of how a range of the most sensitive and creative women and men in Scotland reacted to events which have taken so long to be absorbed and healed" Professor Douglas Gifford, University of Glasgow

"It promises to be indispensable" Professor Patrick Crotty, Head of English, University of Aberdeen

"It's all the stronger I think for its clear and unambiguous focus on what you want: introduction, biography, relevance of individual experience, choice of core text and explication. You don't very often see a book written with this kind of discipline, and I think it will be invaluable." Professor Ian Campbell

First critical study of Scottish novels of the Second World War

Contains essays on Linklater, Mitchison, Urquhart, Jenkins, Kesson, Spark, Hood, and Mackay Brown

Will appeal to those interested in twentieth-century Scottish Literature - both students and academics. However it will also attract the interested general reader due to its clear accessible style

Professor Murray is one of Scotland's finest critics of Scottish fiction. Ten Modern Scottish Novels (1984) remains a key study of the major novels of Scotland in the 20th century. She is also the author of a series of four volumes of interviews with Scottish writers. It is this background which informs her fascinating study of the major novels arising from World War II. The book is concerned only with novels written by Scottish writers who were adult during the war. They include soldiers, civilians and conscientious objectors.

Isobel Murray studied English at Edinburgh University, and went on to complete a Ph.D. on Oscar Wilde there in 1964. From 1964 to 2005 she was Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor in the English Department at the University of Aberdeen. She retired in 2005, becoming Honorary Research Professor in Modern Scottish Literature. She is Vice President of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies, and was on the panel to award Saltire Book of the Year prizes from 1982-2005.



Ten Modern Scottish Novels (1984) remains a key study of the major novels of Scotland in the 20th century. She is also the author of a series of four volumes of interviews with Scottish writers. It is this background which informs her fascinating study of the major novels arising from World War II. This book is concerned only with novels written by Scottish writers who were adult during the war. They include soldiers, civilians and conscientious objectors. Isobel Murray studied English at Edinburgh University, and went on to complete a Ph.D. on Oscar Wilde there in 1964. From 1964 to 2005 she was Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor in the English Department at the University of Aberdeen. She retired in 2005, becoming Honorary Research Professor in Modern Scottish Literature. She is Vice President of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies, and was on the panel to award Saltire Book of the Year prizes from 1982-2005.


"Murray chooses writers who were mature in the Second World War and who subsequently wrote about it: the eight who receive detailed attention are Eric Linklater - the author of the only indisputable classic, Private Angelo - Naomi Mitchison, Fred Urquhart, Robin Jenkins, Muriel Spark, Jessie Kesson, Stuart Hood and George Mackay Brown.... Murray's book is a necessary and exceptionally useful new interpretation of the period." Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

 

ISBN 956628311
ISBN13 9780956628312
Publisher Word Power Books
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/05/2011
Pages 176
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 217
Width (mm) 145