Description : The present volume raises the question of what can constitute Scottishness in literature, and sets post-1945 fiction in the wider context of writing in, and about, Scotland. It comprises both general outlines and in-depth studies, with contributions cover
Description : Scotland was an active – albeit junior – partner in the British Empire. But the poorer and more marginalised parts of Scottish society shared something of Ireland’s experience of being at the receiving end of British Imperial power. This created a long-lasting, complex, and eloquent debate among Scottish novelists about the nature of Scotland’s involvement in the power-structures of British society.Some Scottish writers, such as Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan, did much to generate and promote Imperial Britain’s sense of itself, and these authors tended to be part of the Scottish elite. However, an alternative strand of Scottish writing was produced by authors with roots in non-elite, ‘subaltern’ Scotland – writers from the past such as James Hogg, Mary Macpherson (‘Màiri Mhór nan Oran’), and Lewis Grassic Gibbon, as well as present-day writers such as James Kelman and Irvine Welsh.Douglas Mack argues that such writers actively challenge the elite's Imperial Grand Narrative and demonstrates that Scottish fiction was active and influential both in shaping and in subverting the assumptions that underpinned the Empire.Key Features:* Draws on recent research on Scotland's role in the British Empire, allowing new light to be thrown on the work of some of Scotland's best known writers* Exposes a radical, anti-establishment tradition of Scottish fiction that begins with Hogg and is carried on by writers such as Gibbon, Kelman and Welsh* Highlights the relevance and importance of Scottish fiction for all those interested in post-colonial studies and post-colonial fiction* Develops fruitful connections between the Scottish writers it examines and major writers of the Scottish diaspora such as Alice Munro and Alistair MacLeod
Description : This Guide examines the critical construction of the genre of 'contemporary Scottish literature' and assesses the critical responses to a wide range of contemporary Scottish fiction, poetry and drama. The Guide is structured thematically with each chapter addressing a specific area of debate within the field of contemporary Scottish Studies.
Description : Rewriting Scotland examines six of the most influential and cutting-edge contemporary Scottish writers as they redefine outmoded notions of Scottish identity. From Irvine Welsh's windows into Scottish youth culture in Trainspotting to Janice Galloway's examinations of the duality of female isolation and empowerment, this unique work reveals new explorations of Scottish gender politics, sexuality, voice, and self-awareness.
Description : This book addresses the poetics of space and place in Scottish literature. Focusing chiefly on twentieth- and twenty-first century texts, with acknowledgement of historical and philosophical contexts, the essays address representation, narrative form, the work of the poetic, perception and experience. Major genres and forms are discussed, and authors as diverse as George Mackay Brown, Kathleen Jamie, Ken McLeod and Kei Miller are presented through theoretically informed, historically contextualized close readings. Additionally considering the role of dialect and region in the poetry and fiction of modern Scotland, the volume argues for an appreciation of the cultural diversity of Scottish writers while highlighting the overarching presence of a connection between self and world, subject and place within Scottish literature.
Description : A unique introduction, guide and reference work for students and readers of Scottish literature from the pre-medieval period.
Description : This book argues that the outskirts of cities have become spaces for a new literature beyond boundaries of traditional notions of nation, class, and gender. Includes discussions of Booker Prize winners Roddy Doyle and James Kelman.
Description : This collection of 12 new essays brings together prominent literary experts to explore the importance of Scottish writer Iain (M.) Banks, both his mainstream and science fiction work. It considers Banks as a habitual border crosser who makes things fresh and new by subversive and transgressive strategies. The essays are divided into four thematic areas—the Scottish context, the geographies of his writing, the impact of genre and a combined focus on gender, games and play—and will be of particular interest to scholars of contemporary literature, Scottish literature and science fiction.