By Louisa Gairn
A provocative and well timed reconsideration of recent Scottish literature within the gentle of ecological concept. Louisa Gairn demonstrates the contribution of successive generations of Scottish writers to the advance of foreign ecological concept and philosophy. She revisits the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, John Muir, Nan Shepherd, John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie, and George Mackay Brown, between others, to bare the importance of ecological proposal throughout Scottish literary tradition. by way of tracing the clinical, philosophical, and political impression of ecology on those writers, Gairn provides an unique figuring out of Scottish literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the current. In an age of environmental drawback, Ecology and sleek Scottish Literature issues to a background of ecological proposal that's of significant relevance to either Scottish literary tradition and the broader box of eco-friendly reports.
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97 He criticises the languid atmosphere of the southern health resorts to which invalids had previously been sent, the ‘lack of a manly element; the air was not reactive . . 98 One doesn’t tend to think of Stevenson as a mountaineer, but he had travelled extensively in mountainous areas in search of better health, even living on top of one – Mount Helena in California – for a short while, an experience recorded in The Silverado Squatters: A rough smack of resin was in the air, and a crystal mountain purity.
The young men, ‘in the joy of their life and glory of shooting jackets . . read and roamed’, seeking to escape the constraints of study: Weary of reading am I, and weary of walks prescribed us; Weary of Ethic and Logic, of Rhetoric yet more weary, Eager to range over heather unfettered of gillie and marquis, I will away with the rest . 45 An aversion to ‘prescribed’ walks is shared by Alpine Club grandee, Leslie Stephen, who expresses an evident glee in his deliberate transgression of official boundaries in his essay ‘In Praise of Walking’, where he describes his deliberate flouting of the laws of trespass in order to indulge in some ‘delicious bits of walking .
Indeed, this reappropriation of ‘forbidden’ ground had already been embarked upon throughout the British Isles. This attitude finds its roots in the beginnings of the Rights of Way movement in Scotland by popular appeal to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and book publisher, Adam Black, in 1845 – just as John Veitch started his studies at the University of Edinburgh. 43 Veitch joined the rights of way cause when popular discontent with the landowners of the Edinburgh area led to the formation of the Association for the Protection of Public Rights of Roadway, later to become The Scottish Rights of Way Society in 1885, with Black as its first President.
Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature by Louisa Gairn