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dc.contributor.authorHames, Scott-
dc.description.abstract'Voice' has been a key motifs in Scottish literary and political discourse of the past few decades. This article explores the ambivalence of voice as a trope for national expression and empowerment, and considers the complex appeal of "vernacular" rhetoric during the period, and within the limits, of Scottish devolution. In critical discourse which elides literary and democratic claims to voice during this period, Scottish vernacular writing functions both as a soulful emblem of suppressed agency, and a flexible "display identity" within a spectacle of cultural difference. Conceiving devolution as a granting-of-voice on these terms, I argue, tends to re-inscribe the containment logic of 1970s UK centralism, releasing/locking Scottish cultural production into reified postures of "representation" which leave uncontested the constitution of representative power. The ambivalence of 'voice' and the complex interplay of over-lapping rhetorics of Scottish 'vernacularity' (democratic, romantic, identitarian) are examined with particular reference to two key novelists of the 'new Scottish renaissance', James Kelman and Irvine Welsh.en_UK
dc.publisherUniversity of South Carolina-
dc.relationHames S (2013) On Vernacular Scottishness and its Limits: Devolution and the Spectacle of 'Voice', Studies in Scottish Literature, 39 (1), Art. No.: 16, pp. 201-222.-
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dc.subjectScottish parliamenten_UK
dc.subjectScottish nationalismen_UK
dc.subjectScottish identityen_UK
dc.subjectScots languageen_UK
dc.subjectIrvine Welshen_UK
dc.subjectJames Kelmanen_UK
dc.subjectAlex Salmonden_UK
dc.titleOn Vernacular Scottishness and its Limits: Devolution and the Spectacle of 'Voice'en_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleStudies in Scottish Literature-
dc.type.statusPublisher version (final published refereed version)-
dc.contributor.affiliationEnglish Studies-
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