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Simon Kovesi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070969

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070969.001.0001

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How late it was, how late (1994)

How late it was, how late (1994)

(p.122) 5 How late it was, how late (1994)
James Kelman

Simon Kővesi

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses Kelman's 1994 novel, How late it was, how late, which is voiced from Sammy Samuels' perspective and features the Hardie Street police station. It notes that this novel features Kelman's complex of resistances to the first person. The chapter describes Sammy as the first character through which Kelman celebrates the musicality of the Glasgow voice, one who shows an enriching evolution of Kelman's study of the relationship between sound and site, identity and speech, and locality and accent. It also takes a look at Sammy's poor literacy and the dynamics of the narrative, which are controlled by an active interpretation of space and sound, and examines the gap between textuality and orality.

Keywords:   first person, musicality, Glasgow voice, poor literacy, dynamics of narrative, space and sound, textuality, orality

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