Ireland and Scotland: Literature and Culture, State and Nation, 1966-2000 (Oxford English Monographs)
By Ray Ryan
While political connections between Ireland and Scotland have been
vigorously promoted in recent years, Ray Ryan presents the first
sustained, comparative study of literature and culture from both sites.
Ryan's focus is on the Irish state and the Scottish nation. How does
literature from the Republic create the cultural shape and personality
of the Irish state? Through comparison with Scotland, a stateless
nation, Ryan argues that crucial themes in Irish culture emerge with
new force and clarity: themes such as Republicanism and colonialism,
the city and rural divide, and the partition of the island into
separate 'southern' and 'northern' spheres. Analysing a broad range of
Irish and Scottish literary texts, Ryan shifts attention from the
traditionally defined canon of Irish culture, and establishes the
relevance of Scotland for any future discussion of Irish cultural
contexts. Offering a radical intervention across a range of
disciplines, this book is essential reading for all those working on
Ireland, on Scotland, and on contemporary English and British culture.
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