Rejecting the knitted claymore: the challenge to cultural nationalism in Scottish literary magazines of the 1960s and 1970s

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The late 1950s and early 1960s witnessed a dramatic moment of change in the history and context of small magazines within Scotland and Britain as a whole. In Scotland, some critics felt that literary culture had become increasingly inward-looking, too reluctant to move with the times and to take on board the wider sociological changes of the moment. Beginning with little magazines such as Jabberwock and Sidewalk in the late 1950s and early 1960s, this chapter examines the restlessness and push for change found in Scottish literary magazines throughout the sixties. This need to move the Scottish literary scene on from within therefore permeates many of the short-lived, energetic magazines of this period. Tracing through the 1960s, into the 1970s, looking at magazines such as Lines Review and Scottish International, this chapter then reflects upon the ways in which Scottish magazine culture became increasingly more polemical, politically and culturally engaged.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Literature in Transition, 1960–1980
Subtitle of host publicationFlower Power
EditorsKate McLoughlin
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781107129573
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Scottish literature
  • cultural nationalism
  • 1960s
  • 1970s

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