James Kelman's Cosmopolitan Jeremiads

Berthold Schoene

in The Cosmopolitan Novel

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651795 | DOI:
James Kelman's Cosmopolitan Jeremiads

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This chapter studies how James Kelman's novels are able to convey a new global sense of British contemporaneity, showing that they feature estranged loners who are physically removed from their families, and then identifying the differences and similarities between Kelman's and McEwan's works. It looks at the response of Kelman's protagonist to globalisation and his problematisation of Scotland's new role in the world. The chapter also discusses globalisation as the worldwide dissemination of US neo-liberalist materialism, and includes discussions on Translated Accounts and You Have to Be Careful.

Keywords: James Kelman; global sense; British contemporaneity; response to globalisation; Scotland; neo-liberalist materialism

Chapter.  12829 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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