James Kelman (Contemporary British Novelists) (Contemporary British Novelists)

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James Kelman is Scotland s most influential contemporary prose artist. This is the first book-length study of his groundbreaking novels, and it analyses and contextualizes each in detail. It argues that while Kelman offers a coherent and consistent vision of the world, each novel should be read as a distinct literary response to particular aspects of contemporary working-class language and culture. Richly historicized through diverse contexts such as Scottish socialism, public transport, emigration, Booker Prize culture and Glasgow s controversial City of Culture status in 1990, Simon Kovesi offers readings of Kelman s style, characterization and linguistic innovations. This study resists the prevalent condemnations of Kelman as a miserable realist, and produces evidence that he is acutely aware of an unorthodox, politicised literary tradition which transgresses definitions of what literature can or should do. Kelman is cautious about the power relationship between the working-class worlds he represents in his fiction, and the latent preconceptions embedded in the language of academic and critical commentary. In response, this study is boldly self-critical, and questions the validity and values of its own methods. Kelman is shown to be deftly humorous, assiduously ethical, philosophically alert and politically necessary.

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Provides the study of the novels of James Kelman, Scotland's influential contemporary prose artist and 1994 Booker Prize winner. This title offers readings of Kelman's style, characterisation and linguistic innovations within the diverse contexts of Scottish socialism, 'Booker Prize' culture and Glasgow's 'City of Culture' status in 1990.

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This is an outstanding novel of immense power, and is Kelman's best yet. --The Independent

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