Alasdair Gray: The Fiction of Communion

Alasdair Gray The Fiction of Communion Alasdair Gray s writing and in particular his great novel Lanark A Life in Four Books is often read as a paradigm of postmodern practice This study challenges that view by presenting an analys

  • Title: Alasdair Gray: The Fiction of Communion
  • Author: Gavin Miller
  • ISBN: 9789042017573
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alasdair Gray s writing, and in particular his great novel Lanark A Life in Four Books 1981 , is often read as a paradigm of postmodern practice This study challenges that view by presenting an analysis that is at once conventional and strongly radical By reading Gray in his cultural and intellectual context, and by placing him within the tradition of a ScottAlasdair Gray s writing, and in particular his great novel Lanark A Life in Four Books 1981 , is often read as a paradigm of postmodern practice This study challenges that view by presenting an analysis that is at once conventional and strongly radical By reading Gray in his cultural and intellectual context, and by placing him within the tradition of a Scottish history of ideas that has been largely neglected in contemporary critical writing, Gavin Miller re opens contact between this highly individualistic artist and those Scottish and European philosophers and psychologists who helped shape his literary vision of personal and national identity Scottish social anthropology and psychiatry including the work of W Robertson Smith, J.G Frazer and R.D Laing can be seen as formative influences on Gray s anti essentialist vision of Scotland as a mosaic of communities, and of our social need for recognition, acknowledgement and the common life.

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