Contemporary Scottish Literature

Contemporary Scottish Literature

by Matthew McGuire, Matthew Mcguire, Matthew J. McGuire
     
 

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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. Individual chapters

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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. Individual chapters outline, explain and assess the key critical perspectives surrounding a certain theme and then draw on established readings of key authors in order to illustrate these various critical perspectives. The Guide focuses on the most widely read works of these key authors: for example, Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting (1993), A.L. Kennedy's So I Am Glad (1995) and James Kelman's Booker Prize winning novel How Late It Was, How Late (1994). However, the thematic breadth allows the Guide to introduce into the discussion authors such as Alasdair Gray, Alan Warner and Ian Banks, as well as a variety of poets and playwrights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230506695
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Series:
Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

MATT McGUIRE is currently completing a PhD in contemporary Irish and Scottish Literature (to finish June 2006). He received an MSc in 2004 from the University of Edinburgh having written a thesis on the language of contemporary Scottish fiction and is also presently teaching Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

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