The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman


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The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman

Adrian Hunter (Contributions)
Peter Boxall (Contributions)
Mary M. McGlynn (Contributions)
Paul Shanks (Contributions)
Scott Hames (Editor)



ISBN: 9780748639649


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The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman: Essays edited by Scott Hames (Paperback) (ISBN: 97807486396490

James Kelman is one of the most important Scottish writers now living. His fiction is widely acclaimed, and widely caricatured. His art declares war on stereotypes, but is saddled with plenty of its own.

This book attempts to disentangle Kelman's writing from his reputation, clarifying his literary influences and illuminating his political commitments. It is the first book to cover the full range and depth of Kelman's work, explaining his position within genres such as the short story and the polemical essay, and tracing his interest in anti-colonial politics and existential thought. Essays by leading experts combine lucid accounts of the heated debates surrounding Kelman's writing, with a sharp focus on the effects and innovations of that writing itself.

Kelman's own reception by reviewers and journalists is examined as a shaping factor in the development of his career. Chapters situate Kelman's work in critical contexts ranging from masculinity to vernacular language, cover influences from Chomsky to Kafka, and pursue the implications of Kelman's rhetoric from Glasgow localism to 'World English'.

Key Features:

The first major collection of essays on Kelman's work

Considers the full spectrum of Kelman's writing, from novels to polemics to plays

Explores a comprehensive range of Kelman's literary influences and critical contexts

Highlights the interplay of Kelman's political, linguistic and artistic agendas


ISBN 748639640
ISBN13 9780748639649
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 31/07/2010
Pages 176
Weight (grammes) 273
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 156

Part I. Literary Forms
1. Early Kelman: Influences and Experiments
2. How late it was, how late and Literary Value
3. Narrative Limits: Kelman's Later Novels
4. Kelman and the Short Story
5. Critical and Polemical Writing
6. Kelman's Drama. Part II. Critical Contexts
7. Kelman's Glasgow Sentence
8. Kelman's Art-Speech
9. Kelman and World English
10. Kelman and Masculinity
11. Kelman and the Existentialists.