A warm welcome to Dr Paul Malgrati

A warm welcome to Dr Paul Malgrati the newest member of the Institute for Northern Studies team!

Dr Paul Malgrati is a scholar and poet from France, specialist of modern Scottish literature. Before joining INS in 2023, Paul completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews as well as a two-year post-doctoral contract at the University of Glasgow. Paul’s award-winning research led to the publication of his first monograph, Robert Burns and Scottish Cultural Politics.The Bard of Contention. 1914-2014 (EUP, 2023), which explores Burns’s legacy in Scottish national culture, from Victorian unionism to contemporary nationalism. Since 2018, Paul has also completed three research projects: ‘Joe Corrie (1894-1968): Miner, Playwright, Activist’ (St Andrews, PI, 2018-19); ‘The Burns Supper in History and Today’ (Glasgow, RA, 2020-22) and ‘The Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation: Creating Digital Futures & Networks’ (Glasgow. RA, 2021-23).

Moreover, alongside scholarship, Paul is involved in several creative ventures. In 2020, his verse was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, which led to the publication Poèmes Écossais (Blue Diode Press, 2022): the first collection of poetry in the Scots language by a non-native anglophone. Such Franco-Scottish interests were also developed in Paul’s French translation of Robert Crawford’s Curriculum Violette, published in bilingual edition by Molecular Press in 2021. That same year, Paul also joined the team of Revue Écossaise, the first printed, Francophone magazine about Scotland.

Building on his experience, Paul is now beginning research for a new book project, this time in Scottish literary theory. He aims to draw a critical genealogy of the key concepts of the discipline whilst charting a new approach based on ecocriticism and Speculative Realism.

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