ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: November 30, 2019
The Literary Politics of Scottish Devolution: Voices, Class, Nation
By (author) Scott Hames
This book is about the role of writers and intellectuals in shaping constitutional change. Considering an unprecedented range of literary, political and archival materials, it explores how questions of ‘voice’, language and identity featured in debates leading to the new Scottish Parliament in 1999. Tracing both the ‘dream’ of cultural empowerment and the ‘grind’ of electoral strategy, it reconstructs the influence of magazines such as Scottish International, Radical Scotland, Cencrastus and Edinburgh Review, and sets the fiction of William McIlvanney, James Kelman, Irvine Welsh, A. L. Kennedy and James Robertson within a radically altered picture of devolved Scotland.
Scott Hames is Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling.