Melancholia and conviviality in modern literary Scots : Sanghas, Sengas and Shairs

Scott, MR 2017, 'Melancholia and conviviality in modern literary Scots : Sanghas, Sengas and Shairs' , C21 Literature: Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings, 5 (1) , p. 5.

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Abstract

This paper considers the visions of Scottish identity projected in twenty-first century, post-devolution Scots literature, and seeks to read them against Paul Gilroy’s Postcolonial Melancholia (2005) which examines the protean identities of post-imperial Britain. Gilroy looks particularly at social and artistic manifestations of racial and cultural inequality, although conceding that there is also room for a ‘postcolonial conviviality’ that celebrates diversity. His critique of this ‘Britain’ is, however, selectively constructed, making only passing reference to the constituent nations of the United Kingdom, and no space is devoted to an evaluation of post-colonial Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. As yet, no comparable analysis is forthcoming for these ‘home nations’, so this paper attempts to outline the ways in which Scottish—and particularly Scots—literature may provide relevant comparable cultural commentary. Focus is given here to literature written in Scots because the choice to write in Scots is strongly politically motivated and speaks immediately to the question of cultural inequality and loss. Specific attention is paid to Matthew Fitt’s But n Ben A-Go-Go (2000), Suhayl Saadi’s Psychoraag (2004), and Anne Donovan’s Buddha Da (2003), which various engage with questions of personal and national identity as their main characters take part in their personal journeys.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: C21 Literature: Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings
Publisher: Open Library of Humanities
ISSN: 2045-5224
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Funders: Self-funded
Depositing User: Dr Maggie Scott
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 00:12
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40128

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