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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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1979, Edinburgh and Glasgow: Devolution Deferred

1979, Edinburgh and Glasgow: Devolution Deferred

(p.217) Chapter 17 1979, Edinburgh and Glasgow: Devolution Deferred
The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Cairns Crai

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the effect of the deferred devolution on literature. It first looks at the basic questions devolution posed on the nature and history of Scotland, and then studies a state of despair that was captured in the most important literary work published in the aftermath of the Referendum. The next section examines the use of ‘deferral’ in Scottish writing after 1979, and the dynamism of a resistant cultural nationalism that led to an increase in Canadian writing. The chapter also discusses the implications of Jacques Derrida's work and its impact on British critical theory.

Keywords:   deferred devolution, state of despair, Referendum, deferral, Scottish writing, cultural nationalism, Canadian writing, Jacques Derrida, British critical theory

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