Description - Gendering the Nation by Christopher Whyte
For Hugh McDiarmid the symbol of Scottish nationhood was implicitly a phallus. Neil Gunn preached a maximum separation of sexual identities and gender roles. William Soutar assigned philosophy and speculation to men while women held babies. But is this the full story of Scottish writing? This book shows that Scottish literature has more challenging perspectives to offer on gender and questions of national identity. Five women and four men examine the relationship between gender and nationality, the representation of women by both male and female authors, the treatment of sexuality in Scottish writing, and the construction of Scottish masculinity and its relation to class and homophobia. Covering modern fiction and theatre, film and television, this is a provocative reassessment of the gender and culture of a "stateless nation". Contributors include Jenni Calder, Margaret Elphinstone, Carolina Gona, Ronald Jack, Edwin Morgan, Berthold Schoene, Adrienne Scullion, Alison Smith and Christopher Whyte.
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(216mm x 138mm x 20mm)
Edinburgh University Press
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Author Biography - Christopher Whyte
Christopher Whyte was Reader in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. Updated 22/06/2011. Freelance writer lives in Budapest