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From Trocchi to Trainspotting: Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960

Michael Gardiner


This book charts the course of Scottish Critical Theory since the 1960s. It provocatively argues that ‘French’ critical-theoretical ideas have developed in tandem with Scottish writing during this period. Its themes can be read as a breakdown in Scottish Enlightenment thinking after empire — precisely the process which permitted the rise of ‘theory’. The book places within a wider theoretical context writers such as Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Ian Hamilton Finlay, James Kelman, Alexander Trocchi, Janice Galloway, Alan Warner, and Irvine Welsh, as well as more recent work by Alan Riach and Pat ... More

Keywords: Scottish Critical Theory, Scottish writing, Scottish Enlightenment, post-Enlightenment, theory, writers, continental philosophers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748622320
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Gardiner, author