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Introduction

Michael Gardiner

in From Trocchi to Trainspotting

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653393 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622320.003.0008
Introduction

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This book aims to chart the shadowy-theory of Scotland using figures who have in the past been mostly subject to biographical criticism. It notes that in the most comprehensive overview of the situation of Scottish literature in recent years, Alan Riach (2005) has listed seven key features in the negotiation of national literary thought: voice, place, nation, language, people, humour, and genre — the seventh remains a supplement which haunts the other six, yet is the most significant for the purposes of this study. This study tends to take specific lines in Scottish thought and demonstrate that they were already ‘doing’ theory, despite the faux debate about whether theory should be ‘used’ in Scottish literature.

Keywords: shadowy-theory; Scotland; Scottish literature; Alan Riach; theory

Chapter.  1452 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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