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Notional Identities

Ideology, Genre and National Identity in Popular Scottish Fiction Since the Seventies

Author(s): Thomas Christie

Book Description

Notional Identities takes up the challenge of engaging with the popular genres of speculative fiction and crime fiction by Scottish authors from the mid-1970s until the beginning of the twenty-first century, examining a variety of significant novels from across the decades in the light of wider considerations of ideology, genre and national identity. The book investigates the extent to which the national political and cultural climate of this tumultuous era informed the narrative form and social commentary of such works, and considers the manner in which—and the extent to which—a specific and identifiably Scottish response to these ideological matters can be identified in popular prose fiction during the period under discussion.

Although Scottish literary fiction of recent decades has been studied in considerable depth, Scottish popular genre literature has received markedly less critical scrutiny in comparison. Notional Identities aims to help in redressing this balance, examining popular Scottish texts of the stated period in order to reflect upon whether a significant relationship can be discerned between genre fiction and the mainstream of Scottish literary writing, and to consider the characteristics of the literary connections which exist between these different modes of writing.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5056-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5056-X
Date of Publication: 01/10/2013
Pages / Size: 285 / A5
Price: £44.99


Dr Thomas Christie is a Scottish author. He holds a Master’s Degree in British Cinema History from the Open University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in English Studies from the University of Stirling. He is the author of several books on modern film, including John Hughes and Eighties Cinema.