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Volume 37 (2021): Edizione 1 (December 2021)

Dettagli della rivista
Formato
Rivista
eISSN
1841-964X
Pubblicato per la prima volta
01 Jan 2012
Periodo di pubblicazione
2 volte all'anno
Lingue
Inglese

Cerca

13 Articoli

Editor’s Note

Accesso libero

Scottish Literature: Representing the Nation in the Age of the Post-National

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 1 - 6

Astratto

Artikel

Accesso libero

“Daft naff Scottish things”: Stuff, Waste and Memory Objects in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 7 - 28

Astratto

Abstract

Guided by new materialist approaches to the memory of loss, this reading of Jackie Kay’s 1998 novel Trumpet surveys the affective permutations registered by different objects of remembrance in the Scottish-Nigerian writer’s fictional account of mourning. Exploring several material figurations of Black Scottishness in Kay’s writings, the essay derives its main theoretical framework from studies on blended subject-object ontologies, including Bill Brown’s critique of thingness, Maurizia Boscagli’s notion of the disruptive agency of stuff, and Mel Y Chen’s view of matter’s animacy, and discusses how the novel latches onto the role of things in anchoring memory and in helping humans work through bereavement.

Parole chiave

  • objects of memory
  • souvenirs
  • objects of mourning
  • thing-power
  • thing theory
  • thingness
  • animacy
  • stuff theory
  • Black Scottishness
  • prosopopoeia
Accesso libero

The Future as a Scenario of Hospitality in Ali Smith’s There But For The

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 29 - 47

Astratto

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate how Ali Smith’s novel There But For The (2011) foregrounds a temporality in which the scenario of hospitality is encoded into the characters’ perception of the future, while the welcoming scenarios in which they engage are themselves marked by the awareness of futurity. To this end, I rework Levinas’s equation of the future as the Other, as well as Derrida’s notions of conditional and unconditional hospitality, of the future as the expected/unexpected event, and of “choratic space.” The subsequent analysis of the novel proves how these notions are thematized both through the characters’ inner and intersubjective discourse, and via the authorial construction of imagery and the deictics of the spaces they inhabit. As such, the characters’ conversations bear the marks of an uncertain causality springing from the welcoming scenario; attitudes towards futurity are faced with the disquieting awareness of the conflict between the expected and the unexpected event; while the choratic space acts as the possibility of an ethical reaction to the strangers’ singularity, through a linguistic reorientation which employs the contingency of the linguistic sign as a site for hospitality.

Parole chiave

  • futurity
  • conditional hospitality
  • unexpected event
  • choratic space
  • contingency
  • thematization
  • singularity
Accesso libero

“In came the self-evident and luminous little mess”: Ethical Life Writing in Muriel Spark’s Loitering with Intenti

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 48 - 67

Astratto

Abstract

Starting from a brief examination of Muriel Spark’s position as a Scottish novelist within the framework of her anti-essentialist, anti-authoritative aesthetics, my essay will take a seemingly abrupt, but in fact consequential turn to investigate the complex antinomies involved in her fictional representation of the lives of others. Although at home and abroad she is hailed as Scotland’s most celebrated author of the twentieth century, Spark’s writerly practice consists of regularly dismantling grand narratives or fixed, stable identities, often clashing with more localized or prescriptive views on the social and national functions of narrative. My argument, however, is that it is the very unease of her “Scottishness” that acts as one of the foundations of her literary ethics, embodied in her acute awareness of the antinomies involved in textualizing the lives of others. Spark’s shrewdly metafictional Loitering with Intent (1981) openly thematizes both the obligation, and the risks of telling one’s own and other people’s stories, performing a radical ethics of narrative alterity through its staging of the enmeshments of writing, (auto)biography and experience.

Parole chiave

  • Scottish fiction
  • Muriel Spark
  • narrative ethics
  • life writing
  • alterity
  • biography
  • autobiography
  • authorial responsibility
Accesso libero

Violence, Innocence and Redemption in Irvine Welsh’s Chemical Mythos

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 67 - 84

Astratto

Abstract

Scottish author Irvine Welsh has crafted an internally cohesive cosmology, grounded in mapping a somewhat loosely defined “chemical generation” that helped spearhead a personal brand of anti-Thatcherite counterculture (with an especially heavy focus on the marginalized, disgruntled and boisterous youths of Edinburgh). Examining some of the writer’s most recent and lesser-known works, my essay will argue that a series of archaic mythical patterns, symbols and cosmological coordinates can be shown to guide a large number of the axioms that Welsh employs to refine his own vision of a modern, emergent mythos.

Parole chiave

  • Irvine Welsh
  • comparative mythology
  • emergent mythology
  • archaic cosmology
  • altered states of consciousness
  • ritual initiation
  • chemical generation
Accesso libero

The Battle Within and the Battle Without: The Posthuman Worldview of Ken MacLeod’s The Corporation Wars Trilogy

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 85 - 104

Astratto

Abstract

The present essay seeks to analyze Scottish science fiction writer Ken MacLeod’s The Corporation Wars trilogy (2016-2017) as an amalgam of politico-philosophical ideas set against the background of posthumanism. MacLeod’s far-future posthuman world-building relies on the conventional tropes of science fiction (man-machine hybrids, brain uploading, digital resurrection, and the agency of sentient machines) to engage with pressing ideologies (the master-slave dialectics, the historical perpetuation of age-old conflict between progressive and reactionary forces, the ethics of machinic consciousness). MacLeod’s novels project a postbinarist worldview where outmoded binary oppositions between life and death, the real and the virtual, the human and the machinic are constantly abolished, but which still preserves persistent ideological divisions.

Parole chiave

  • contemporary Scottish science fiction
  • posthumanism
  • simulation
  • machinic awareness
  • ideology
  • political science fiction
Accesso libero

Modernism, Postmodernism and the Nature of the Times: A Conversation with Randall Stevenson

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 105 - 122

Astratto

Abstract

The interview offers a comprehensive, paradigmatic overview of the experience of literary modes within the broad frameworks of modernity and postmodernity. It invites reflection and rethinking of epistemic change from a major literary historian and theorist whose work in the Anglo-American context has become synonymous with the examination of temporality, historicity, and poeticality in twentieth century experimentation with form. Revisiting central concepts and aesthetic categories in literary criticism and theory, Randall Stevenson contributes a highly contemporary, ground-breaking vision of the literary act against the backdrop of the new structures of knowledge pertaining to the digital age and the post-humanist crisis.

Parole chiave

  • modernism
  • postmodernism
  • literature
  • temporality
  • epistemic
  • paradigmatic
  • historicity
  • post-war sensibility
  • humanities
  • dissociation of sensibility

Postcards

Accesso libero

Homes for Canadians (II)

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 123 - 156

Astratto

Abstract

According to Giorgio Agamben, the Greek term for ‘habitual dwelling place,’ or ‘habit,’ is ethos. The rise to prominence in the twentieth century of the modern idea of the suburb, or ‘suburbia,’ held open the door to the potential realization of the American (and Canadian) dream ethos of universal home ownership. The tantalizing appeal of a the ideal of ‘home’ and ‘homeland’ have become key terms in the Post World War Two pursuit of a mode of ‘dwelling’ linked to consumer capitalism. Yet for Frankfurt School critics such as Theodor W. Adorno, the pursuit of this suburban ideal induced a deep sense of ennui such that to feel ‘at home’ in such a suburban environment challenged the very foundations of the dwelling place of Western civilization. “It is part of morality,” Adorno concluded in his book, Minima Moralia, “not to be at home in one’s home.” This text is an exercise in examining this question of ‘dwelling’ and ‘home’ through an allegorical poetical focus (drawn from Walter Benjamin and Charles Baudelaire) focusing on a newly completed suburb in the Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Parole chiave

  • Suburbia
  • Dwelling
  • Home
  • Utopia
  • Dystopia
  • Memory
  • History
  • the Body
  • Chiasmus
  • Ruins
  • Ephemeral
  • the Allegorical

Reviews

Accesso libero

Scotland and Scottishness: From Tradition to Modernity

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 157 - 161

Astratto

Accesso libero

The Literary Politics of Scottish Devolution: Voice, Class, Nation

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 162 - 165

Astratto

Accesso libero

Unnatural Narratology: Extensions, Revisions, and Challenges

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 166 - 171

Astratto

Accesso libero

Contemporary Women’s Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 172 - 177

Astratto

Accesso libero

The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 178 - 180

Astratto

13 Articoli

Editor’s Note

Artikel

Accesso libero

“Daft naff Scottish things”: Stuff, Waste and Memory Objects in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 7 - 28

Astratto

Abstract

Guided by new materialist approaches to the memory of loss, this reading of Jackie Kay’s 1998 novel Trumpet surveys the affective permutations registered by different objects of remembrance in the Scottish-Nigerian writer’s fictional account of mourning. Exploring several material figurations of Black Scottishness in Kay’s writings, the essay derives its main theoretical framework from studies on blended subject-object ontologies, including Bill Brown’s critique of thingness, Maurizia Boscagli’s notion of the disruptive agency of stuff, and Mel Y Chen’s view of matter’s animacy, and discusses how the novel latches onto the role of things in anchoring memory and in helping humans work through bereavement.

Parole chiave

  • objects of memory
  • souvenirs
  • objects of mourning
  • thing-power
  • thing theory
  • thingness
  • animacy
  • stuff theory
  • Black Scottishness
  • prosopopoeia
Accesso libero

The Future as a Scenario of Hospitality in Ali Smith’s There But For The

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 29 - 47

Astratto

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate how Ali Smith’s novel There But For The (2011) foregrounds a temporality in which the scenario of hospitality is encoded into the characters’ perception of the future, while the welcoming scenarios in which they engage are themselves marked by the awareness of futurity. To this end, I rework Levinas’s equation of the future as the Other, as well as Derrida’s notions of conditional and unconditional hospitality, of the future as the expected/unexpected event, and of “choratic space.” The subsequent analysis of the novel proves how these notions are thematized both through the characters’ inner and intersubjective discourse, and via the authorial construction of imagery and the deictics of the spaces they inhabit. As such, the characters’ conversations bear the marks of an uncertain causality springing from the welcoming scenario; attitudes towards futurity are faced with the disquieting awareness of the conflict between the expected and the unexpected event; while the choratic space acts as the possibility of an ethical reaction to the strangers’ singularity, through a linguistic reorientation which employs the contingency of the linguistic sign as a site for hospitality.

Parole chiave

  • futurity
  • conditional hospitality
  • unexpected event
  • choratic space
  • contingency
  • thematization
  • singularity
Accesso libero

“In came the self-evident and luminous little mess”: Ethical Life Writing in Muriel Spark’s Loitering with Intenti

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 48 - 67

Astratto

Abstract

Starting from a brief examination of Muriel Spark’s position as a Scottish novelist within the framework of her anti-essentialist, anti-authoritative aesthetics, my essay will take a seemingly abrupt, but in fact consequential turn to investigate the complex antinomies involved in her fictional representation of the lives of others. Although at home and abroad she is hailed as Scotland’s most celebrated author of the twentieth century, Spark’s writerly practice consists of regularly dismantling grand narratives or fixed, stable identities, often clashing with more localized or prescriptive views on the social and national functions of narrative. My argument, however, is that it is the very unease of her “Scottishness” that acts as one of the foundations of her literary ethics, embodied in her acute awareness of the antinomies involved in textualizing the lives of others. Spark’s shrewdly metafictional Loitering with Intent (1981) openly thematizes both the obligation, and the risks of telling one’s own and other people’s stories, performing a radical ethics of narrative alterity through its staging of the enmeshments of writing, (auto)biography and experience.

Parole chiave

  • Scottish fiction
  • Muriel Spark
  • narrative ethics
  • life writing
  • alterity
  • biography
  • autobiography
  • authorial responsibility
Accesso libero

Violence, Innocence and Redemption in Irvine Welsh’s Chemical Mythos

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 67 - 84

Astratto

Abstract

Scottish author Irvine Welsh has crafted an internally cohesive cosmology, grounded in mapping a somewhat loosely defined “chemical generation” that helped spearhead a personal brand of anti-Thatcherite counterculture (with an especially heavy focus on the marginalized, disgruntled and boisterous youths of Edinburgh). Examining some of the writer’s most recent and lesser-known works, my essay will argue that a series of archaic mythical patterns, symbols and cosmological coordinates can be shown to guide a large number of the axioms that Welsh employs to refine his own vision of a modern, emergent mythos.

Parole chiave

  • Irvine Welsh
  • comparative mythology
  • emergent mythology
  • archaic cosmology
  • altered states of consciousness
  • ritual initiation
  • chemical generation
Accesso libero

The Battle Within and the Battle Without: The Posthuman Worldview of Ken MacLeod’s The Corporation Wars Trilogy

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 85 - 104

Astratto

Abstract

The present essay seeks to analyze Scottish science fiction writer Ken MacLeod’s The Corporation Wars trilogy (2016-2017) as an amalgam of politico-philosophical ideas set against the background of posthumanism. MacLeod’s far-future posthuman world-building relies on the conventional tropes of science fiction (man-machine hybrids, brain uploading, digital resurrection, and the agency of sentient machines) to engage with pressing ideologies (the master-slave dialectics, the historical perpetuation of age-old conflict between progressive and reactionary forces, the ethics of machinic consciousness). MacLeod’s novels project a postbinarist worldview where outmoded binary oppositions between life and death, the real and the virtual, the human and the machinic are constantly abolished, but which still preserves persistent ideological divisions.

Parole chiave

  • contemporary Scottish science fiction
  • posthumanism
  • simulation
  • machinic awareness
  • ideology
  • political science fiction
Accesso libero

Modernism, Postmodernism and the Nature of the Times: A Conversation with Randall Stevenson

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 105 - 122

Astratto

Abstract

The interview offers a comprehensive, paradigmatic overview of the experience of literary modes within the broad frameworks of modernity and postmodernity. It invites reflection and rethinking of epistemic change from a major literary historian and theorist whose work in the Anglo-American context has become synonymous with the examination of temporality, historicity, and poeticality in twentieth century experimentation with form. Revisiting central concepts and aesthetic categories in literary criticism and theory, Randall Stevenson contributes a highly contemporary, ground-breaking vision of the literary act against the backdrop of the new structures of knowledge pertaining to the digital age and the post-humanist crisis.

Parole chiave

  • modernism
  • postmodernism
  • literature
  • temporality
  • epistemic
  • paradigmatic
  • historicity
  • post-war sensibility
  • humanities
  • dissociation of sensibility

Postcards

Accesso libero

Homes for Canadians (II)

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 123 - 156

Astratto

Abstract

According to Giorgio Agamben, the Greek term for ‘habitual dwelling place,’ or ‘habit,’ is ethos. The rise to prominence in the twentieth century of the modern idea of the suburb, or ‘suburbia,’ held open the door to the potential realization of the American (and Canadian) dream ethos of universal home ownership. The tantalizing appeal of a the ideal of ‘home’ and ‘homeland’ have become key terms in the Post World War Two pursuit of a mode of ‘dwelling’ linked to consumer capitalism. Yet for Frankfurt School critics such as Theodor W. Adorno, the pursuit of this suburban ideal induced a deep sense of ennui such that to feel ‘at home’ in such a suburban environment challenged the very foundations of the dwelling place of Western civilization. “It is part of morality,” Adorno concluded in his book, Minima Moralia, “not to be at home in one’s home.” This text is an exercise in examining this question of ‘dwelling’ and ‘home’ through an allegorical poetical focus (drawn from Walter Benjamin and Charles Baudelaire) focusing on a newly completed suburb in the Canadian city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Parole chiave

  • Suburbia
  • Dwelling
  • Home
  • Utopia
  • Dystopia
  • Memory
  • History
  • the Body
  • Chiasmus
  • Ruins
  • Ephemeral
  • the Allegorical

Reviews

Accesso libero

Scotland and Scottishness: From Tradition to Modernity

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 157 - 161

Astratto

Accesso libero

The Literary Politics of Scottish Devolution: Voice, Class, Nation

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 162 - 165

Astratto

Accesso libero

Unnatural Narratology: Extensions, Revisions, and Challenges

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 166 - 171

Astratto

Accesso libero

Contemporary Women’s Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 172 - 177

Astratto

Accesso libero

The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language

Pubblicato online: 30 Dec 2021
Pagine: 178 - 180

Astratto

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