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The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature

Edited by Berthold Schoene

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The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature examines the ways in which the cultural and political role of Scottish writing has changed since the country's successful referendum on national self-rule in 1997. In doing so, it makes a convincing case for a distinctive post-devolution Scottish criticism.

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PART I: Contexts
(1) Going cosmopolitan: reconstituting Scottishness in post-devolution criticism
(Berthold Schoene)
(2) Voyages of intent: literature and cultural politics in post-devolution
Scotland (Gavin Wallace)
(3) In Tom Paine's kitchen: days of rage and fire
(Suhayl Saadi)
(4) The public image: Scottish literature in the media
(Andrew Crumey)
(5) Literature, theory, politics: devolution as iteration
(Michael Gardiner)
(6) Is that a Scot or am Ah wrang?
(Zoë Strachan)
PART II: Genres
(7) The 'New Weegies': the Glasgow novel in the twenty-first century
(Alan Bissett)
(8) Devolution and drama: imagining the possible
(Adrienne Scullion)
(9) Twenty-one collections for the twenty-first century
(Christopher Whyte)
(10) Shifting boundaries: Scottish Gaelic literature after devolution
(Máire Ní Annracháin)
(11) Pedlars of their nation's past: Douglas Galbraith, James Robertson and
the new historical novel (Mariadele Boccardi)
(12) Scottish television drama and parochial representation
(Gordon Gibson and Sarah Neely)
(13) Scotland's new house: domesticity and domicile in contemporary
women's poetry (Alice Entwistle)
(14) Redevelopment fiction: architecture, town-planning, and 'unhomeliness'
(Peter Clandfield and Christian Lloyd)
(15) Concepts of corruption: crime fiction and the Scottish 'state'
(Gill Plain)
(16) A key to the future: hybridity in contemporary children's literature
(Fiona McCulloch)
(17) Gaelic prose fiction in English
(Michelle Macleod)
PART III: Authors
(18) Towards a Scottish theatrocracy: Edwin Morgan and Liz Lochhead
(Colin Nicholson)
(19) Alasdair Gray and post-millennial writing
(Stephen Bernstein)
(20) James Kelman and the deterritorialisation of power
(Aaron Kelly)
(21) Harvesting Plurality: Andrew Greig and modernism
(Simon Dentith)
(22) Radical hospitality: Christopher Whyte and cosmopolitanism
(Fiona Wilson)
(23) Iain (M.) Banks: utopia, nationalism and the posthuman
(Gavin Miller)
(24) Burying the man that was: Janice Galloway and gender
disorientation (Carole Jones)
(25) In/outside: race and citizenship in the work of Jackie Kay
(Matthew Brown)
(26) Irvine Welsh: parochialism, pornography and globalisation
(Robert Morace)
(27) Clearing space: Kathleen Jamie and ecology
(Louisa Gairn)
(28) Don Paterson and poetic autonomy
(Scott Hames)
(29) Alan Warner, post-feminism and the emasculated nation
(Berthold Schoene)
(30) A.L. Kennedy's dysphoric fictions
(David Borthwick)
PART IV: Topics
(31) Between camps: masculinity, race and nation in post-devolution Scotland
(Alice Ferrebe)
(32) Crossing the borderline: post-devolution Scottish lesbian and gay writing
(Joanne Winning)
(33) Subaltern Scotland: devolution and postcoloniality
(Stefanie Lehner)
(34) Renton's bairns: identity and language in the post-Trainspotting novel
(Kirstin Innes)
(35) Cultural devolutions: Scotland, Northern Ireland and the return of the
postmodern (Matthew McGuire)
(36) Alternative sensibilities: devolutionary comedy and Scottish camp
(Ian Brown)
(37) Against realism: contemporary Scottish literature and the supernatural
(Kirsty Macdonald)
(38) A double realm: Scottish literary translation in the twenty-first century
(John Corbett)
(39) Scots abroad: the international reception of Scottish literature
(Katherine Ashley)
(40) A very interesting place: representing Scotland in American romance
novels (Euan Hague and David Stenhouse)
(41) Cinema and the economics of representation: public funding of film in
Scotland (Duncan Petrie)
(42) Twenty-first-century storytelling: context, performance, renaissance
(Valentina Bold)
Notes on contributors

About the Author

Berthold Schoene is Professor of English and Director of the English Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (EUP, 2007) and author of The Cosmopolitan Novel (EUP, 2009) and Writing Men (EUP, 2000).


Altogether the Companion fulfils the promise of its editor and provides a wide spectrum of material and points of view... There is more than enough here to inform the newcomer to contemporary Scottish literature and to provoke debate among those who are already familiar with the vibrant, changing and developing nature of the beast.
- Use of English
Convincingly captures the new manifestations of the creative and the critical energies produced during the Scottish devolution and post-devolution ... a vivid pluralistic vision which provocatively reveals not just a Scotland but many varied scotlands.
- The Hindu
This is a comprehensive, lucky-dip kind of volume, one that will provoke debate on literature, culture, and national politics and at the same time prove that Scottish literature is more than the fiction of well-known figures like James Kelman, Ian Rankin, and Irvine Welsh. Highly recommended.
- Choice
This is a collection that will provoke and enrich debate on Scottish writing. Diverse critical voices, addressing an exciting range of new texts, open up questions that go beyond the twenty-first century context.
- Glenda Norquay, Chair in Scottish Literary Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
This formidable enterprise is a perfect blend of expertise and enthusiasm, its critical interventions always edgy and up-to-the-minute. In this big, bold book, Berthold Schoene has gathered all the rays of criticism into one. It is to his credit that the result is a vivid and enlightening kaleidoscope that shows a ceilidh-cum-carnival in full swing. This weighty book is a door-opener, as well as a curtain-raiser, and what it reveals is a roomier and raunchier Scotland than has hitherto been readily envisaged, except in the imaginations of its writers.
- Professor Willy Maley, University of Glasgow