Preface: The Representation of the People List of Illustrations Acknowledgements PART ONE: THE WORLD OF THINGS UNDONE Introduction: The Terms of the Question Shakespeare and Scotland Foundational Texts of Modern Scottish Literature PART TWO: LOST WORLDS AND DISTANT DRUMS Walter Scott and the Whistler: Tragedy and the Enlightenment Imagination Treasure Island and Time: Childhood, Quickness and Robert Louis Stevenson In Pursuit of Lost Worlds: Arthur Conan Doyle, Amos Tutuola and Wilson Harris PART THREE: THE THEATRE OF INFINITY The International Brigade: Modernism and the Scottish Renaissance Nobody's Children: Orphans and Their Ancestors in Popular Scottish Fiction after 1945 It Happened Fast and It Was Dark: Cinema, Theatre, Television, Comic Books Conclusion: The Magnetic North Notes Bibliography Discography Index
Alan Riach is a poet and Head of the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. Formerly Associate Professor of English and Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), he is the General Editor of the Collected Works of Hugh MacDiarmid and co-editor of MacDiarmid's New Selected Letters and Selected Poems). He has four books of poems, including Clearances, First & Last Songs, and This Folding Map. He has also broadcast on radio in New Zealand, and lives in Scotland.
'This is a remarkable book in its diversity of subjects... but its strength is the provocation of thought in new directions.' - Glasgow Sunday Herald
'...as an overview of a wide period, tied together historically and conecptually, it thoroughly justified its wide ambition and should be vital to anyone in Scot Lit.' - Michael Gardiner, Scottish Studies Review
'...a thought-provoking discussion of a central issue in post-Union cultural history, that of the conflicting, stereotyped or idealised representation(s) of Scotland's stateless nationhood...The first book-length inquiry on this subject and the most challenging, so far, in terms of both the variety and the number of 'texts' analysed - mainly literary, but also filmic, musical and visual...' - Carla Sassi, Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies