The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman

Edited by Scott Hames

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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.

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Part I. Literary Forms
1. Early Kelman: Influences and Experiments
2. How late it was, how late and Literary Value
3. Narrative Limits: Kelman's Later Novels
4. Kelman and the Short Story
5. Critical and Polemical Writing
6. Kelman's Drama. Part II. Critical Contexts
7. Kelman's Glasgow Sentence
8. Kelman's Art-Speech
9. Kelman and World English
10. Kelman and Masculinity
11. Kelman and the Existentialists.

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Scott Hames is Senior Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling, and author of The Literary Politics of Scottish Devolution (EUP, 2020), which draws extensively on post-1960s magazines and their debates. With Malcolm Petrie, he led the AHRC-funded Scottish Magazines Network on which this book is based. With Eleanor Bell, he co-founded the International Journal of Scottish Literature. He has edited or co-edited closely related volumes on Scottish Writing After Devolution (EUP, 2022), Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence (Word Power, 2012) and The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman (EUP, 2010).

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