The Idea of Resistance

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:
The Idea of Resistance

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This chapter presents ideas that will prove central and the promise of Scottish Literature standing on its own feet, unbeholden to notions of genre, omniscience, and empire. It explains that resistance can be linked to the psychosocial backbone of this transition: the notion of persons in mutual resistance, sharing a present time in tactile communication, as against the visual — which causes a split in the time it takes light to move — is something shared by both Scottish literary thought since about 1960 and what is known as theory. In this sense, much theory is related to Scotland. It observes that the manifestos of the French thinker Paul Virilio produced with Claude Parent, representing the Architecture Principe group in 1966, overlapped with Kenneth White's Jargon Group papers, the Sigma Group manifestos of Alexander Trocchi, the popular and underrated mid-1960s phase of R. D. Laing, and numerous other counter-cultural experiments in Scotland.

Keywords: Scottish literature; resistance; Paul Virilio; Claude Parent; Architecture Principe; Kenneth White; Jargon Group; Sigma Group; Alexander Trocchi; R. D. Laing

Chapter.  5825 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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