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Contemporary Irish and Scottish fiction
Glenda Norquay and Gerry Smyth

deliberating mature subjects. We find many of these characteristics repeated in Trainspotting. The mean streets of Leith (the working-class port in which Welsh sets his autopsy of contemporary Scottish life) are a long way from the romantic ‘Highlands and Islands’ of the chronotopic imagination.3 But they are also some way removed from traditional urban representations of Scotland – invariably set in Glasgow, centred around traditional heavy industries such as shipbuilding and mining, and engaged with received, and supposedly ‘universal’, discourses of gender, class and race

in Across the margins