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Introduction

Michael Gardiner

in Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637744.003.0020
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This book asks many questions, but leaves behind the wearied and misleading one of whether Scotland ‘is postcolonial’ and therefore qualifies for a critical connection. It emphasises how ‘English’ has stepped beyond the English-speaking world. It also reports an under-represented Scottish national registration of connectedness with and complicity in colonial violence, within the search for a method of reconciling these opposite tendencies in literary history. In addition, it tries to move towards a serious and worldly field of comparison where, for a while now, Scottish Literature has at times seemed stuck in a certain kind of ‘recovery’ mode. The results, and the results of the results, are hoped to speak loudly to both Scottish literature and postcolonial literature — though this states the two, as it seems to end up doing, as if they were separate bodies of texts when, as the book shows, they are intimately joined.

Keywords: Scotland; English; Scottish national registration; Scottish literature; postcolonial literature; colonial violence; literary history

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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