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Title: Narrating Devolution: Politics and/as Scottish Fiction (Forthcoming)
Authors: Hames, Scott
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Keywords: Scottish devolution
Scottish nationalism
James Robertson
cultural devolution
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Hames S (2016) Narrating Devolution: Politics and/as Scottish Fiction (Forthcoming), C21 Literature: Journal of 21st Century Writings.
Abstract: Recent Scottish fiction and its critical reception are strongly conditioned by ongoing constitutional debate. In accounting for links between Scottish literary and political developments of the past few decades, the scholar – like the historical novelist – faces a range of interpretive challenges and ambiguities. But she also encounters an established literary-critical discourse tending to draw strong and clear connections across the same doubtful terrain, lines guided by the paradigm of ‘cultural devolution’. This article condenses the findings of a two-year research project exploring the emergence and legacy of this paradigm. Drawing on workshop events, archival research and interviews with writers, scholars and politicians, the ‘Narrating Scottish Devolution: Literature, Politics and the Culturalist Paradigm’ project explored the interplay between literary and constitutional debates (concerning representation, legitimacy, ‘identity’) since the late 1960s, and explored how Scottish devolution came to be managed and valorised as a cultural project. The inter-meshing of politics, history and fiction in James Robertson's panoramic novel And the Land Lay Stillserves as a case study for the difficulty -- and necessity -- of 'narrating devolution'.  Access the podcast at:
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Notes: The article reports the findings of a research project ('Narrating Scottish Devolution: Literature, Politics and the Culturalist Paradigm’) supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (ref SG132334).

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