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The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman

The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman

Paperback Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature (Paperback)

Edited by Scott Hames, Contributions by Paul Shanks, Contributions by Mary M. McGlynn, Contributions by Peter Boxall, Contributions by Adrian Hunter

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  • Publisher: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 12mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0748639640
  • ISBN 13: 9780748639649

Product description

James Kelman is one of the most important Scottish writers now living. His fiction is widely acclaimed, and widely caricatured. His art declares war on stereotypes, but is saddled with plenty of its own. This book attempts to disentangle Kelman's writing from his reputation, clarifying his literary influences and illuminating his political commitments. It is the first book to cover the full range and depth of Kelman's work, explaining his position within genres such as the short story and the polemical essay, and tracing his interest in anti-colonial politics and existential thought. Essays by leading experts combine lucid accounts of the heated debates surrounding Kelman's writing, with a sharp focus on the effects and innovations of that writing itself. Kelman's own reception by reviewers and journalists is examined as a shaping factor in the development of his career. Chapters situate Kelman's work in critical contexts ranging from masculinity to vernacular language, cover influences from Chomsky to Kafka, and pursue the implications of Kelman's rhetoric from Glasgow localism to 'World English'. Key Features: * The first major collection of essays on Kelman's work * Considers the full spectrum of Kelman's writing, from novels to polemics to plays * Explores a comprehensive range of Kelman's literary influences and critical contexts * Highlights the interplay of Kelman's political, linguistic and artistic agendas

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Author information

Scott Hames is Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at the University of Stirling. He co-edits the International Journal of Scottish Literature.

Table of contents

Part I. Literary Forms; 1. Early Kelman: Influences and Experiments; 2. How late it was, how late and Literary Value; 3. Narrative Limits: Kelman's Later Novels; 4. Kelman and the Short Story; 5. Critical and Polemical Writing; 6. Kelman's Drama. Part II. Critical Contexts; 7. Kelman's Glasgow Sentence; 8. Kelman's Art-Speech; 9. Kelman and World English; 10. Kelman and Masculinity; 11. Kelman and the Existentialists.