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Title: Dogged Masculinities: Male Subjectivity and Socialist Despair in Kelman and McIlvanney
Author(s): Hames, Scott
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Keywords: James Kelman
William McIlvanney
Issue Date: May-2007
Date Deposited: 23-Feb-2009
Citation: Hames S (2007) Dogged Masculinities: Male Subjectivity and Socialist Despair in Kelman and McIlvanney. Scottish Studies Review, 8 (1), pp. 67-87.
Abstract: This article examines the treatment of male subjectivity in the work of two leading Scottish writers, analysing the political values and narrative forms which shape their depictions of masculine inwardness. A detailed study of two very similar stories (concerning male fraternity and dog-racing) illustrates significant aesthetic and political contrasts. Their shared affiliation with working-class Scottish culture (and association with 'hard man' archetypes) notwithstanding, Kelman and McIlvanney are shown to respond very differently to the post-war collapse of socialist idealism and communitarian values.
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