Ireland and Scotland: Literature and Culture, State and Nation, 1966-2000

Hardcover | February 1, 2002

byRay Ryan

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While political connections between Ireland and Scotland have been vigorously promoted in recent years, Ray Ryan presents the first sustained, comparative study of literature and culture from both sites. Ryan's focus is on the Irish state and the Scottish nation. How does literature from theRepublic create the cultural shape and personality of the Irish state? Through comparison with Scotland, a stateless nation, Ryan argues that crucial themes in Irish culture emerge with new force and clarity: themes such as Republicanism and colonialism, the city and rural divide, and the partitionof the island into separate 'southern' and 'northern' spheres. Analysing a broad range of Irish and Scottish literary texts, Ryan shifts attention from the traditionally defined canon of Irish culture, and establishes the relevance of Scotland for any future discussion of Irish cultural contexts.Offering a radical intervention across a range of disciplines, this book is essential reading for all those working on Ireland, on Scotland, and on contemporary English and British culture.

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While political connections between Ireland and Scotland have been vigorously promoted in recent years, Ray Ryan presents the first sustained, comparative study of literature and culture from both sites. Ryan's focus is on the Irish state and the Scottish nation. How does literature from theRepublic create the cultural shape and person...

Ray Ryan is editor of Bullan: An Irish Studies Journal, of Writing in the Irish Republic: Literature, Culture, Politics 1949-1999 (2000) and co-editor of Ireland and Scotland: Culture and Society 1700-2000. (forthcoming).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.43 × 5.28 × 0.88 inPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionThe Republic of Ireland and Scotland: What Difference Does it Make?I. Scotland: Region and Nation, Republicanism and Colonialism;1. The Contours of Republicanism: William McIlvanney and the Geography of Difference2. Being in Between: Iain Crichton Smith and Scottish Colonial HistoryII. Ireland: Region, State, and Nation;3. The Republic and Ireland: Dermot Bolger, 'Bolgerism', and Dublin4. Between the Falls Road and Kildare Street: Thomas McCarthy and the Location of Memory5. Colm Toibin, Partition, and the Ends of HistoryConclusionIndex

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`... with regard to the establishment of political space, this book comprises cutting edge analysis which is an indispensable resource for all those interested in mapping the social flux and cultural change of both a devolving British archipelago and of the global expansions of latecapitalism.'"New Affinities", Irish Review