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Margin and Centre: Scottish/English Literary Negotiations



In this paper I examine the relationship between Scottish and English cultural identity. My main area of concern is the presence of this relationship in Scottish literary writing of the present century, although I begin by indicating how the most everyday of personal experiences can manifest the tensions inherent in the relationship, before proceeding to investigate how the presence of a larger and more powerful neighbouring nation has influenced the work of particular Scottish writers. Readers unfamiliar with Scottish/English cultural debates may find it helpful to consider the relation between some Latin American countries and the United States as somewhat analogous. The analogy is far from perfect as far as language and politics go (Scotland and England share both a language and political institutions), but useful in terms of the existence of similar economic imbalances and corresponding differences in cultural influence and power.

Topics: Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Year: 2007
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