Alienation and community in contemporary Scottish fiction: The case of Janice Galloway's 'The trick is to keep breathing'

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Abstract

The refusal of innovative Scottish fiction published in the 1980s and 1990s to appeal to community as a solution to social alienation has led to it being accused of nihilism. This chapter explores this stylistic ambivalence through a case study of Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity in Modern Scottish Literature
EditorsScott Lyall
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Chapter8
Pages160-178
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789004317451
ISBN (Print)9789004317444
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2016

Publication series

NameScottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature
Volume25
ISSN (Print)1571-0734

Keywords

  • alienation
  • contemporary Scottish fiction
  • community
  • critique
  • Janice Galloway
  • The Trick is to Keep Breathing
  • William McIlvanney
  • The Kiln

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