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Representing Scotland in literature, popular culture and iconography [Elektronisk resurs] The masks of the modern nation / Alan Riach.

Riach, Alan, 1957- (författare)
ISBN 9780230554962
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
Engelska 304 p.
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  • Preface: The Representation of the People List of Illustrations Acknowledgements PART ONE: THE WORLD OF THINGS UNDONE Introduction: The Terms of the Question Shakespeare and Scotland Foundational Texts of Modern Scottish Literature PART TWO: LOST WORLDS AND DISTANT DRUMS Walter Scott and the Whistler: Tragedy and the Enlightenment Imagination Treasure Island and Time: Childhood, Quickness and Robert Louis Stevenson In Pursuit of Lost Worlds: Arthur Conan Doyle, Amos Tutuola and Wilson Harris PART THREE: THE THEATRE OF INFINITY The International Brigade: Modernism and the Scottish Renaissance Nobody's Children: Orphans and Their Ancestors in Popular Scottish Fiction after 1945 It Happened Fast and It Was Dark: Cinema, Theatre, Television, Comic Books Conclusion: The Magnetic North Notes Bibliography Discography Index.
  • Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography brings together a range of cultural studies. Centred on canonical texts of Scottish literature - including Scott, Stevenson, Conan Doyle and Hugh MacDiarmid - or on the representation of Scotland in canonical texts (Shakespeare), it opens out to other sections, which address painting and music, film, TV, comics and unusual, eccentric or exotic texts considered from surprising perspectives. The television serial Edge of Darkness is read as a natural 1980s successor to the 1970s play (and TV 'Play for Today') The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. The James Bond phenomenon that exploded in the 1960s is read not only in terms of commercial exploitation but as a subversive reappropration of cultural authority by the post-war world's most durably iconic figuring of Scottishness. To redirect attention from the different disciplines to address the cultural productions of Scotland as comprehensive and inter-related phenomena, is the book's prerogative, from Burns to Braveheart. Nothing like it exists, attempting the trajectory of inclusiveness and yet affirming qualities of cultural distinctiveness, value and pleasure. The illustrations are a vital part of the book's argument. They are not only located in their historical context but the continuities that run from one to another are discussed. Alan Riach demonstrates how certain characteristics change from one era to another and evolve the formation of comfortable distortions associated with the idea of 'home'. In the conclusion, both the attraction of that comfort and the need to leave its distortions behind are recognised as longing and challenge. 
  • 'This is a remarkable book in its diversity of subjects... but its strength is the provocation of thought in new directions.' - Glasgow Sunday Herald ' an overview of a wide period, tied together historically and conecptually, it thoroughly justified its wide ambition and should be vital to anyone in Scot Lit.' - Michael Gardiner, Scottish Studies Review '...a thought-provoking discussion of a central issue in post-Union cultural history, that of the conflicting, stereotyped or idealised representation(s) of Scotland's stateless nationhood...The first book-length inquiry on this subject and the most challenging, so far, in terms of both the variety and the number of 'texts' analysed - mainly literary, but also filmic, musical and visual...' - Carla Sassi, Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies. 


Performing Arts.  (eflch)
Television  -- Scotland. (bicssc)
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900  -- Scotland. (bicssc)
Literary studies: from c 1900 -  -- Scotland. (bicssc)
Films, cinema  -- Scotland. (bicssc)


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