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James Kelman

Simon Kovesi

Abstract

James Kelman is Scotland's most influential contemporary prose artist. This is a book-length study of his groundbreaking novels, analysing and contextualising each in detail. It argues that while Kelman offers a coherent and consistent vision of the world, each novel should be read as a distinct literary response to particular aspects of contemporary working-class language and culture. Historicised through diverse contexts such as Scottish socialism, public transport, emigration, ‘Booker Prize’ culture and Glasgow's controversial ‘City of Culture’ status in 1990, the book offers readings of Ke ... More

Keywords: James Kelman, Scottish socialism, public transport, emigration, Booker Prize, City of Culture, power relationship, Scotland, working-class language, working-class culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719070969
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719070969.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Kovesi, author