1979, Edinburgh and Glasgow: Devolution Deferred

Cairns Crai

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1979, Edinburgh and Glasgow: Devolution Deferred

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This chapter discusses the effect of the deferred devolution on literature. It first looks at the basic questions devolution posed on the nature and history of Scotland, and then studies a state of despair that was captured in the most important literary work published in the aftermath of the Referendum. The next section examines the use of ‘deferral’ in Scottish writing after 1979, and the dynamism of a resistant cultural nationalism that led to an increase in Canadian writing. The chapter also discusses the implications of Jacques Derrida's work and its impact on British critical theory.

Keywords: deferred devolution; state of despair; Referendum; deferral; Scottish writing; cultural nationalism; Canadian writing; Jacques Derrida; British critical theory

Chapter.  7231 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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