In this episode, we discuss Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain (1977), a work of topographical and philosophical speculation centred on the Cairngorms in Scotland.
Over the course of our discussion, we think about the recent resurgence of interest in Shepherd's work, the nature and form of the text itself , her use of synaesthetic modes of description, and consider the influence of Wordsworth and Emerson on The Living Mountain.
Louisa Gairn, Ecology and Modern Scottish Literature (2008, Edinburgh University Press)
Hugh MacDiarmid, A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (1926), (2008, Birlinn)
Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism (1957, Princeton University Press)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836)