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From Trocchi to TrainspottingScottish Critical Theory Since 1960$
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Michael Gardiner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622320

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622320.001.0001

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The Idea of Resistance

The Idea of Resistance

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(p.5) Chapter 1 The Idea of Resistance
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From Trocchi to Trainspotting
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Michael Gardiner

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622320.003.0009

This chapter presents ideas that will prove central and the promise of Scottish Literature standing on its own feet, unbeholden to notions of genre, omniscience, and empire. It explains that resistance can be linked to the psychosocial backbone of this transition: the notion of persons in mutual resistance, sharing a present time in tactile communication, as against the visual — which causes a split in the time it takes light to move — is something shared by both Scottish literary thought since about 1960 and what is known as theory. In this sense, much theory is related to Scotland. It observes that the manifestos of the French thinker Paul Virilio produced with Claude Parent, representing the Architecture Principe group in 1966, overlapped with Kenneth White's Jargon Group papers, the Sigma Group manifestos of Alexander Trocchi, the popular and underrated mid-1960s phase of R. D. Laing, and numerous other counter-cultural experiments in Scotland.

Keywords:   Scottish literature, resistance, Paul Virilio, Claude Parent, Architecture Principe, Kenneth White, Jargon Group, Sigma Group, Alexander Trocchi, R. D. Laing

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