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dc.contributor.advisorHames, Scott-
dc.contributor.advisorJackson Williams, Kelsey-
dc.contributor.authorMacLeod, Mairi-
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation offers a critical re-assessment of the fiction of Neil M. Gunn, focused on the inter-related discourses of landscape, nationhood and gender. Building on earlier Gunn scholarship and recent critical developments in landscape studies and Scottish studies, it specifically examines how Gunn’s treatment of Highland landscape articulates with his romantic nationalism, supported by folk culture sourced from Alexander Carmichael’s Carmina Gadelica. Gunn’s fiction also renders the passive feminine as an accessory to active masculine nation-building, while his female characters are often relegated to purely symbolic roles within a male national narrative. The treatment of landscape in Gunn’s novels reveals the multi-faceted nature of his nationalist ideology, and its roots in both the Scottish Literary Renaissance and earlier European Romanticism, whereby recovering the authentic folk culture of the people rejuvenates and gives legitimacy to the nation, supports its ethnic and political identity and enables access to the primordial ‘youth’ of the nation. The Romantic immersion and rediscovery of the self in nature is translated by Gunn into an encounter with national place as sacred bounded territory. Nationalist discourse in Gunn’s fiction is also articulated through a gendered landscape of masculine defeat and renewal, supported by problematic and reductive figurations of sacred, symbolic femininity. In reconstructing and defining the relationships between these strands of Gunn’s literary, political and spiritual project, this dissertation offers a productive engagement with long-standing critical debates in Gunn studies.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectScottish Nationalismen_GB
dc.subjectRomantic Nationalismen_GB
dc.subjectFolk cultureen_GB
dc.subjectCarmina Gadelicaen_GB
dc.subjectGender and Landscapeen_GB
dc.subjectScottish fictionen_GB
dc.subjectScottish Renaissanceen_GB
dc.subjectSymbolic femininityen_GB
dc.subjectIdentity and placeen_GB
dc.subjectHighland landscapeen_GB
dc.titleLandscapes of Belonging: Self, Nation and Gender in the Fiction of Neil M. Gunnen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonI will require time to find a publisher for my thesis and to publish articles from my dissertation.en_GB
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