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Scotland 2014 and Beyond – Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?


Klaus Peter Müller

This book examines Scotland from a great variety of international and disciplinary perspectives, offering viewpoints from ordinary citizens as well as experts in culture, history, literature, sociology, politics, the law, and the media. The texts investigate the mental processes, dispositions, and activities that have been involved in past and present discussions about Scottish independence, freedom, equality, justice, and the creation of a fair society. Such discussions have been shaped by specific values, ideologies, class or personal interests and objectives as well as by specific ways of telling their stories. These are analysed together with the European, global, and democratic dimensions of Scotland, in order to find answers to the question how coming of age might be achieved today.
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Double Vision: Ian Campbell (Edinburgh)


Double Vision is an attempt to isolate, examine and discuss a technique found in much successful Scottish vision; briefly, to conduct a double narrative allowing the reader access to both, while perhaps restricting the characters to a narrower field. The ironic and potentially satiric value of this technique is explored in the fiction of (among others) John Galt, J. M. Barrie and Lewis Grassic Gibbon. It remains a valuable asset to Scottish writing in connection with the independence referendum.

One of the most telling moments in Galt’s Annals of the Parish coincides with great events outside Scotland – the French Revolution – and the narrator’s version of it is an excellent device by Galt. His Annals being the supposed annual diary of a country minister in the remote parish of Dalmailing, we are allowed to see fifty years of a Scotland far from the cities, beginning in 1760 and ending with the narrator’s retirement in 1810. One of the most creative uses of the narratorial device is in chapter 42 which, cleverly, is the account not of 1789 but of 1790, when news of the European upheaval slowly reaches the minister’s ears in far-off Dalmailing, via the keeper of a newly-discovered bookshop.

Upon conversing with the man, for I was enchanted to go into this phenomenon, for as no less could I regard it, he told me that he had a correspondence with London, and could get me down any book published there within the same month in...

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