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Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature

Comparative Texts and Critical Perspectives

Edited by Michael Gardiner, Graeme Macdonald, Niall O'Gallagher

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The first full-length study of Scottish literature using a post-devolutionary understanding of postcolonial studies

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Michael Gardiner
Part I: Postcolonial Revisions: Coloniality and Empire in Scottish Writing 1786-1914
1 A 'Conceptual Alliance': 'Interculturation' in Robert Burns and Kamau Brathwaite
Leith Davis and Kristen Kahlis
2 'Almost the Same as Being Innocent': Celebrated Murderesses and National Narratives in Walter Scott's The Heart of Mid-Lothian and Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace
Evan Gottlieb
3 Annals of Ice: Formations of Empire, Place and History in John Galt and Alice Munro
Katie Trumpener
4 Alistair MacLeod and the Gaelic Poetic Tradition
Douglas S. Mack
5 Captains of Industry, Lords of Misrule: Carlyle and the Second Scottish Enlightenment
Christopher Harvie
6 Literary Affinities and the Postcolonial in Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad
Linda Dryden
7 John Buchan and Wilson Harris: Myth and Counter-Myth, Exploration and Empire
David Punter
Part II: Postcolonialism and Modern Scottish Literature 1914-1979
8 Wole Soyinka and Hugh MacDiarmid: The Violence and Virtues of Nations
Alan Riach
9 Neil M. Gunn, Chinua Achebe and the Postcolonial Debate
Margery Palmer McCulloch
10 'East is West and West is East': Lewis Grassic Gibbon's Quest for Ultimate Cosmopolitanism
Scott Lyall
11 Unfinished Business: Muriel Spark and Hannah Arendt in Palestine
Martin McQuillan
12 Rewriting and the Politics of Inheritance in Robin Jenkins and Jean Rhys
Marina MacKay

Part III: Postcolonialism and Contemporary Scottish Literature
13 Race, Nation, Class and Language Use in Tom Leonard's Intimate Voices and Linton Kwesi Johnson's Mi Revalueshanary Fren
Liam Connell and Victoria Sheppard
14 Conversion and Subversion in Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North and Leila Aboulela's The Translator
Willy Maley
15 This is not sarcasm believe me yours sincerely: James Kelman, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Amos Tutuola
Iain Lambert
16 'Our Little Life is Rounded with a Sleep': The Scottish Presence in Andrew Greig's In Another Light and Amitav

About the Author

Michael Gardiner is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. As well as creative fiction and comparative cultural history and world literature, his books include The Cultural Roots of British Devolution (EUP, 2004), Modern Scottish Culture (2005), and From Trocchi to Trainspotting; Scottish Literary Theory Since 1960 (2006).

Graeme MacDonald is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. He is a co-editor of Post-Theory: New Directions in Criticism (Edinburgh University Press, 1999).

Niall O'Gallagher is Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Celtic at the University of Glasgow. He is currently preparing a book on Alasdair Gray and Empire: Scottish Literature and the Challenges of Postcolonial Theory.


A rich and fascinating collection of essays.
- Carla Sassi, University of Verona