The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman

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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 ...

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Overview


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'.

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

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface

Brief Biography of James Kelman

Introduction Scott Hames Hames, Scott 1

I Literary Forms 7

1 Early Kelman Paul Shanks Shanks, Paul 9

2 How late it was, how late and Literary Value Mary McGlynn McGlynn, Mary 20

3 Kelman's Later Novels Peter Boxall Boxall, Peter 31

4 Kelman and the Short Story Adrian Hunter Hunter, Adrian 42

5 Kelman's Critical and Polemical Writing Mia Carter Carter, Mia 53

6 Kelman's Drama David Archibald Archibald, David 65

II Critical Contexts 73

7 Kelman's Glasgow Sentence Cairns Craig Craig, Cairns 75

8 Kelman's Art-Speech Scott Hames Hames, Scott 86

9 Kelman and World English Michael Gardiner Gardiner, Michael 99

10 Kelman and Masculinity Carole Jones Jones, Carole 111

11 Kelman and the Existentialists Laurence Nicoll Nicoll, Laurence 121

Endnotes 131

Further Reading 150

Notes on Contributors 156

Index 159

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