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<i>A Disaffection</i> (1989)

Simon Kővesi

in James Kelman

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780719070969
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070969.003.0004
A Disaffection (1989)

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This chapter studies A Disaffection, one of Kelman's novels that feature a character with a working-class background. Unlike the protagonists of the other novels, however, A Disaffection's Patrick Doyle is the only one who attends university. The chapter states that Kelman describes Doyle as ‘a naive character’ and that he forces a political distinction between him and Doyle. Doyle is a character caught between two worlds, each of which he continually defines against the other. Kelman uses him as a representative of an alienated Scotland, and actively criticises education in this novel. The chapter also discusses the theme of control and the concrete references to the proper nouns of real historical personages.

Keywords: working-class background; political distinction; alienated Scotland; education; control; historical personages

Chapter.  14229 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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