The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman

The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman

by Scott Hames, Peter Boxall, Mary M. McGlynn
     
 

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This series offers new insights into Scottish authors, periods and topics drawing on contemporary critical approaches.

Each volume:

provides a critical evaluation and comprehensive overview of its subject

offers thought-provoking original critical assessments by expert contributors

includes a general introduction by the volume editor(s) and a selected

Overview

This series offers new insights into Scottish authors, periods and topics drawing on contemporary critical approaches.

Each volume:

provides a critical evaluation and comprehensive overview of its subject

offers thought-provoking original critical assessments by expert contributors

includes a general introduction by the volume editor(s) and a selected guide to further reading.

James Kelman is one of the most important Scottish writers now living. His fiction is widely acclaimed, and widely caricatured. His art declares war on stereotypes, but is saddled with plenty of its own.

This book attempts to disentangle Kelman's writing from his reputation, clarifying his literary influences and illuminating his political commitments. It is the first book to cover the full range and depth of Kelman's work, explaining his position within genres such as the short story and the polemical essay, and tracing his interest in anti-colonial politics and existential thought. Essays by leading experts combine lucid accounts of the heated debates surrounding Kelman's writing, with a sharp focus on the effects and innovations of that writing itself.

Kelman's own reception by reviewers and journalists is examined as a shaping factor in the development of his career. Chapters situate Kelman's work in critical contexts ranging from masculinity to vernacular language, cover influences from Chomsky to Kafka, and pursue the implications of Kelman's rhetoric from Glasgow localism to 'World English'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748639649
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
10/06/2010
Series:
Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Scott Hames is Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at the University of Stirling

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