Corey Gibson: Lecture at the Poetry, Edinburgh, 17 March

Corey will lecture on “The Politics of ‘Alias MacAlias'”
This talk will examine Hamish Henderson’s theorization of the anonym in Scottish literature. In particular, it will focus on the tension that arises in the revolutionary political potential and the reactionary romantic mystifications that can be so easily projected onto the cipher of ‘Anon.’ As a folklorist, poet, and political agitator, Henderson was committed to a vision of the ‘commonweal’, but as an acolyte of MacDiarmid’s he was enthralled and troubled by the logic of the political and poetical vanguard.