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Inspiring Views from «a' the airts» on Scottish Literatures, Art and Cinema

The First World Congress of Scottish Literatures in Glasgow 2014

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Edited By Klaus Peter Müller, Ilka Schwittlinsky and Ron Walker

Where do Scottish literatures, art, and cinema stand today? What and how do Scottish Studies investigate? Creative writers and scholars give answers to these questions and address vital concerns in Scottish, British, and European history from the Union debate and the Enlightenment to Brexit, ethnic questions, and Scottish film. They present new insights on James Macpherson, Robert Burns, John Galt, J. M. Barrie, Walter Scott, James Robertson, war poetry, new Scottish writing, and nature writing. The contributions highlight old and new networking and media as well as the persistent influences of the past on the present, analyzing a wide range of texts, media and art forms with approaches from literary, cultural, media, theatre, history, political, and philosophical studies.

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New Scots’ Views on Scotland: The Narratives of Scottish Ethnic Minorities (Miriam Schröder)

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Miriam Schröder (Mainz / Germersheim)

New Scots’ Views on Scotland: The Narratives of Scottish Ethnic Minorities

Abstract: In the context of Scottish ethnic minority discourses, Scotland is often claimed to be an inclusive and open society, which welcomes people of all origins and creeds. Whether this is really the case is an issue of much debate. This paper looks at how Scottish society is reflected by Scottish writers with a minority ethnic background. It pays particular attention to the degrees of otherness and inclusion conveyed in their texts and thus comments on the actual state of inclusion in Scotland.

In Scotland there exists a pronounced pride in the nation’s literary scene. This paper wants to turn the spotlight away from some of the writers who might perhaps be seen as the more obvious names on the Scottish literary scene (such as Hugh MacDiarmid, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Edwin Muir, Alasdair Gray or Liz Lochhead) and to give a glimpse into the kind of narratives that can be found in literature by Scottish writers with a minority ethnic background. It will first provide a brief theoretical background as a means of introducing the topic before looking at short stories and essays from Leila Aboulela, Nasim Marie Jafry and Suhayl Saadi.

It is fascinating to see how identity is reflected, constructed and developed in Scottish literature – a topic that is particularly intriguing to consider in relation to wider political and cultural implications, not only...

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