The forgotten first: John MacCormick's 'Dùn-Àluinn'

Kidd, S.M. (2006) The forgotten first: John MacCormick's 'Dùn-Àluinn'. Scottish Gaelic Studies, 22, pp. 197-219.



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The first Gaelic novel, John MacCormick's Dùn-Àluinn, no an t-Oighre 'na Dhìobarach, was serialised in the People's Journal in 1910 before being published in its entirety in 1912. Within a year of the publication of Dùn-Àluinn as a novel the second Gaelic novel, Angus Robertson's An t-Ogha Mòr, appeared in print, underlining the renaissance which Gaelic literature was experiencing. Both novels, while remarked upon by contemporaries and by general studies of Gaelic literature, have been all but ignored to date, with no criticism or analysis of either having been published. The main aim of this article is to offer some general comments about MacCormick's Dùn-Àluinn and thus to open up both the novel and indeed other early twentieth-century Gaelic writers and their work to further scrutiny. Consideration will be given to the author himself, the contemporary Gaelic literary scene and finally some of the more interesting aspects of the novel itself.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Gaelic novel, nobhail Ghàidhlig, Malcolm MacFarlane, Roderick Erskine of Marr, Ruaraidh Arascain agus Mhàirr
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kidd, Dr Sheila
Authors: Kidd, S.M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1501 Scottish Gaelic Language
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Celtic and Gaelic
Journal Name:Scottish Gaelic Studies
Publisher:University of Aberdeen
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2006 University of Aberdeen
First Published:First published in Scottish Gaelic Studies 22:197-219
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of the editor.

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