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Scotlands of the Mind

Scotlands of the Mind

Author: Angus Calder Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2018

Does Scotland as a nation have any real existence? In Britain, in Europe, in the World? Or are there a multitude of mulitform Scotlands of the Mind ? These soul-searching questions are probed in this timely book by prize-winning author and journalist, Angus Calder. It ia a journey through many possible Scotlands - fictionalised, idealised, and politicised. This perceptive and often highly personal writing shows the sope of Calder's analytical power. Fact or fiction, individual or international, politics or poetry, statistics or statehood, no subject is taboo in a volume that offers an overview of the vicissitudes and changing nature of Scottishness.

Revolving Culture Notes from the Scottish Republic

Revolving Culture Notes from the Scottish Republic

Author: Angus Calder Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2018

Explores the culture of Scotland, one of Europe's oldest nations. Bringing together recent writings on Scotland, the book offers a rich mix of social history, cultural observation and a sharp sense of politics. It begins by looking at Scotland in the 18th century. Without resident king or parliament, the nation was effectively a republic and made a unique contribution to European culture. David Hume, Adam Smith and their contemporaries dominated the intellectual scene, while Ossian , Burns, Scott and Byron launched literary Romanticism. Yet from about 1830, the republic began to wither. The railways took Scottish writers to London, brought English MPs to Scottish constituencies and Queen Victoria to Balmoral. Scottish identity became submerged in British identity and many began to serve a colonial empire they now regarded as their own. By the 1920s, however, Scotland experienced renewed stirrings of political nationalism. By the 1960s the work of MacDiarmid and Grassic Gibbon had become models for younger Scottish writers seeking identity as the British empire clattered to extinction. In 1979, the Labour government offered Scots the chance to vote for an assembly with devolved powers, but decreed that a simple majority was insufficient. This traumatic failure to achieve even limited Home Rule led many writers, musicians, artists and historians to declare cultural independence. A second Scottish republic came into existence. From his vantage point in the second republic , the author examines the historical processes and moments that have shaped modern Scotland.

Gods, Mongrels and Demons 101 Brief but Essential Lives

Gods, Mongrels and Demons 101 Brief but Essential Lives

Author: Angus Calder Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2004

Oddballs, tinks, heidbangers, saints, keelies, nutters, philosophers and freaks - these apparently marginal lives are not only interesting in their own right but often tell us more about the mores of a country or a time than the lives of its better known citizens (and some of them are included here too). Here, the Japanese poet Basho, the baseball star Babe Ruth and the singer Billie Holiday rub shoulders with Ganesh, Johnny Faa, the Gypsy Laddie and Eliza Donnithorne (true-life model for Dickens' Miss Havisham). Angus Calder has created an original, ex-centric and richly entertaining compendium of brief but essential lives.

Sun Behind the Castle Edinburgh Poems

Sun Behind the Castle Edinburgh Poems

Author: Angus Calder Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2004

The Edinburgh of Angus Calder's poems is not the city of summer tourism and landmark buildings. It is the all-the-year-round arena of lingering mists or brilliant sunlight on grey stone, where seagulls and pigeons command the early-morning streets, curlers sweep their ice at Murrayfield and coarse sportsmen revel on the Meadows.

The Souls of the Dead are Taking all the Best Seats 50 World Poets on War

The Souls of the Dead are Taking all the Best Seats 50 World Poets on War

Author: Angus Calder, Beth Junor Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2004

This is a timely collection of poetry through the ages and throughout the world. Homeric poems, epics and tragedies have been collected from two and a half millennia of literature. Each poem is introduced with a commentary.

Disasters and Heroes On War, Memory and Representation

Disasters and Heroes On War, Memory and Representation

Author: Angus Calder Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2004

A collection of Angus Calder's work dealing with war and memory. Beginning with a section devoted to war memorials and the public remembrance of war, the collection then looks at the lived experience of war for the ordinary soldier.

Women and Poetry

Women and Poetry

Author: Angus Calder, Lizbeth Goodman Format: Audio cassette Release Date: 04/09/1997

Written and presented by Lizbeth Goodman and Angus Calder, this cassette includes a wide variety of readings of poems, followed by discussions about the way in which gender affects the reading and interpretation of poems. Among the poets covered are Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop. There are also interviews with contemporary female poets, including Gillian Clarke, Val Smith and Jackie Kay. Produced by Mags Noble.

The Myth Of The Blitz

The Myth Of The Blitz

Author: Angus Calder Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/1992

The Myth of the Blitz was nurtured at every level of society. It rested upon the assumed invincibility of an island race distinguished by good humour, understatement and the ability to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat by team work, improvisation and muddling through. In fact, in many ways, the Blitz was not like that. Sixty-thousand people were conscientious objectors; a quarter of London's population fled to the country; Churchill and the royal family were booed while touring the aftermath of air-raids; Britain was not bombed into classless democracy. Angus Calder provides a compelling examination of the events of 1940 and 1941 - when Britain 'stood alone' against the Luftwaffe - and of the Myth which sustained her 'finest hour'.

Byron and Scotland Radical or Dandy?

Byron and Scotland Radical or Dandy?

Author: Angus Calder Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/1990

Contents: Preface: Norman Buchan, M. P.; Introduction: Angus Calder; Byron the Radical: David Craig; Byron: Radical, Scotish Aristocrat: Andrew Noble; Byron and Catholicism: William Donnelly; Byron and Scott: P. H. Scott; The Provost and His Lord: John Galt and Lord Byron: Margery McCulloch; Lord Byron and Lord Elgin: Douglas Dunn; Byron: An Edinburgh Re-Review: John Curt; Byron, Scott and Scottish Nostalgia: J. Drummond Bone; The Island: Scotland, Greece, and Romantic Savagery: Angus Calder; Byron Landing From a Boat by George Sanders: Michael Rees; On Singing Dark Lochnager: Sheena Blackhall; Afterword: J. Drummond Bone^R

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