Waking up in a different place
Contemporary Irish and Scottish fiction
in Across the margins

This chapter presents an alternative critical project: an analysis of contemporary Scottish and Irish fiction through a comparison of the ways in which relations between cultural representation and spatial construction are negotiated to produce places called 'Scotland' and 'Ireland'. Both 'Scotland' and 'Ireland' trailed an array of well-established connotations from earlier points in their cultural history. One means of reading Roddy Doyle and Irvine Welsh together, but without reinforcing their function within a centralising metropolitan culture, is to place them within the context of other contemporary writers in Scotland and Ireland. Reading Doyle and Welsh in relation to other writers, a more complex process of spatial reconfiguration and cultural representation emerges. Perhaps the most striking difference between fictions produced in Ireland and Scotland has continued to be in their confrontations with history.

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Across the margins

Cultural identity and change in the Atlantic archipelago

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