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Scottish Fiction and the British Empire 9780748618149

Scottish Fiction and the British Empire

ISBN-10: 0748618147
ISBN-13: 9780748618149
PUBLISHER: Edinburgh University Press
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Product 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 ('M#65533;iri Mh#65533;r 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

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PAGES: 256
CATEGORY: Literary Criticism

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