“The flowers of the forest are a’ wede away”: The dispersal of a familiar refrain

Gibson, C., 5-Aug-2019, In : Scottish Literary Review. 11, 1, p. 103-124 22 p.

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  • Corey Gibson
This essay promotes a cultural historiography distinguished by disruption and dispersal, one suspicious of the need to negotiate with overarching continuities embodied by 'nation' or 'tradition'. In order to do so, it borrows from Foucault's archaeological methodology and from modern folklore studies as conceived by Hamish Henderson. Featuring authors ranging through Hugh MacDiarmid, Cecil Day-Lewis, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, James Barke, J. D. Scott, Robin Jenkins, Muriel Spark, and Robin Robertson, it comprises a survey of allusions to the song 'The Flowers of the Forest' across modern literature. In advocating for a decentred methodology, focussed on gaps, discontinuities, entanglements, and replacements, it is hoped that the erasure and distortion of larger continuities – such as the national tradition – can be circumvented in favour of more radically disruptive studies of power and cultural currency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-124
Number of pages22
JournalScottish Literary Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5-Aug-2019

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