Scotland in Theory

Reflections on Culture & Literature

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Scotland in Theory offers new ways of reading Scottish texts and culture within the context of an altered political framework and a changing sense of national identity. With the re-establishment of a Parliament in Edinburgh, issues of nationality and nationalism can be looked at afresh. It is timely now to revisit representations of Scottish culture in cinematography and literature, and also to examine aspects of gender, sexuality and ideology that have shaped how Scots have come to understand themselves. Established and younger critics use a variety of theoretical approaches here to catch an authentic sense of a post-modern Scotland in the process of change. Literature and the arts provide radical ways of knowing what Scotland, in theory, could become. The collection will be of interest to teachers and students of Scottish and English literature, literary theory, cultural and media analysis, and the history of ideas. Contributors include Eleanor Bell, Kasia Boddy, Cairns Craig, Thomas Docherty, Christopher Harvie, Ellen Raïssa-Jackson, Willy Maley, Gavin Miller, Tom Nairn, Sarah Neely, Laurence Nicoll, Berthold Schoene, Anne McManus Scriven, A.J.P. Thomson, Ronald Turnbull, Christopher Whyte.

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”…[a] sparkling, heavyweight array of essays…” in: The Herald, April 17, 2004 (Web Issue 1986)
Contributors
Acknowledgements
Gavin MILLER and Eleanor BELL: Introduction
Tom NAIRN: Break-Up: Twenty-Five Years on
Ronald TURNBULL: Nairn’s Nationalisms
Christopher HARVIE: The Case of the Postmodernist’s Sore Thumb, or the Moral Sentiments of John Rebus
A.J.P. THOMSON: Phrasing Scotland and the Postmodern
Eleanor BELL: Postmodernism, Nationalism and the Question of Tradition
Willy MALEY and Sarah NEELY: “Almost afraid to know itself”: Macbeth and Cinematic Scotland
Ellen-Raïssa JACKSON: Dislocating the Nation: Political Devolution and Cultural Identity on Stage and Screen
Berthold SCHOENE: Nervous Men, Mobile Nation: Masculinity and Psychopathology in Irvine Welsh’s Filth and Glue
Christopher WHYTE: Queer Readings, Gay Texts, From Redgauntlet to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Anne McMANUS SCRIVEN: The Mutes Scotswoman and Oliphant’s Kirsteen
Kasia BODDY: Scottish Fighting Men: Big and Wee
Gavin MILLER: “Persuade without convincing … represent without reasoning”: the Inferiorist Mythology of the Scots Language
Laurence NICOLL: Philosophy, Tradition, Nation
Thomas DOCHERTY: The Existence of Scotland
Cairns CRAIG: Beyond Reason – Hume, Seth, Macmurray and Scotland’s Postmodernity
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