The Fiction of Brian McCabe and (Scottish) Identity

The Fiction of Brian McCabe and (Scottish) Identity

by Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen


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This study is the first monograph on the Scottish writer Brian McCabe. It focuses mainly on McCabe’s fiction and on the elements in his writing that allow for a redefinition of individual and national identity. The book opens with an examination of the socio-cultural context that shapes McCabe’s position in contemporary Scottish literature. The author goes on to consider McCabe as a writer of the Second Renaissance and the generation of the Lost Poets, and also focuses on the Scottish preoccupation with identity and its representations in the contemporary Scottish short story. Finally, she provides a chronological and thematic analysis of McCabe’s short story collections The Lipstick Circus, In a Dark Room with a Stranger and A Date with my Wife, and his novel The Other McCoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034308304
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 06/19/2013
Series: Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland Series , #5
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen is a lecturer at Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza. She completed her PhD thesis on the work of Brian McCabe in 2010 and was then awarded a scholarship by the Saltire Society for Scottish Studies. Her main areas of research are contemporary Scottish literature and identity studies. She is also an editor at Jekyll & Jill Editores and has translated several works by Brian McCabe and published them in Spain.

Table of Contents

Contents: Contemporary Scottish Literature and the Problematics of Identity – Brian McCabe – The Short Story and Identity – The Lipstick Circus - Madness and Strangeness – In a Dark Room With a Stranger - Childhood and Strangeness – A Date With My Wife - The Self and the Stranger – The Other McCoy - The Self and the Jekyll-and-Hyde Figure.

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