Gender, Spaces, Changes: Emergent Identities in a Scotland in Transition

Neil Blain and David Hutchison

in The Media in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671205 | DOI:
Gender, Spaces, Changes: Emergent Identities in a Scotland in Transition

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The chapter opens by noting two key aspects of the construction of Scottish identity which are problematic for gender representation. These are defined as a return to a static past, and the filmic and wider emphasis on masculinity in defining a national identity. The figuring of Scotland as psychic as well as physical space is emphasized and the chapter proceeds to examine patterns of representing gendered identity in Scotland. This includes analysis of gendered and sexualized elements in the rendition of Scotland's past, not least in the Highlands, in cinema; and of the Scottish version of a general theme of ‘masculinity in crisis’. Television drama and sitcom as well as theatre films are referenced in consideration of this theme, with extended consideration of the work of Bill Douglas, Peter McDougall and Peter Mullan, among others. Landscape and peripherality is discussed with a focus on Trier's Breaking the Waves, and there also follows consideration of urban reconfiguration in film.

Keywords: space and change; femininity; nationality, gender and sexuality; wounded masculinity; Scotland outside time; spatial reconfigurations and identity

Chapter.  7304 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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