The Voice of the People: Hamish Henderson and Scottish Cultural Politics

Gibson, C. (2015) The Voice of the People: Hamish Henderson and Scottish Cultural Politics. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748696574 (doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696574.001.0001)

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Examining Hamish Henderson’s search for the radical voice of the people in modern Scotland. How might the alienation of the artist in modern Scotland be overcome? How do you incite a popular folk revival? Can a poet truly speak with the ‘voice of the people’? And what happens to the writer who rejects print culture in favour of becoming Anon.? The life and times of polymath, scholar, author and folk-hero, Hamish Henderson (1919-2002), poses, and helps us to answer, these questions. This book examines his life-long commitment to finding a form of artistic expression suitable for post-war Europe. Though Henderson is a major figure in Scottish cultural history, his reputation is largely maintained through anecdotes and radical folk songs. This study explores his ideas in their intellectual, cultural and political contexts. It describes how all of his works – in war poetry, song collection, folklore scholarship, folksong revivalism, literary translation, and vicious public debates – reflect this desire to see the artist fully reintegrated in society.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibson, Dr Corey
Authors: Gibson, C.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
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