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Dogged Masculinities: Male Subjectivity and Socialist Despair in Kelman and McIlvanney

Citation
Hames S (2007) Dogged Masculinities: Male Subjectivity and Socialist Despair in Kelman and McIlvanney. Scottish Studies Review, 8 (1), pp. 67-87. http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SSR.html

Abstract
This article examines the treatment of male subjectivity in the work of two leading Scottish writers, analysing the political values and narrative forms which shape their depictions of masculine inwardness. A detailed study of two very similar stories (concerning male fraternity and dog-racing) illustrates significant aesthetic and political contrasts. Their shared affiliation with working-class Scottish culture (and association with 'hard man' archetypes) notwithstanding, Kelman and McIlvanney are shown to respond very differently to the post-war collapse of socialist idealism and communitarian values.

Keywords
James Kelman; William McIlvanney; Scottish; masculinity; socialism; subjectivity

Journal
Scottish Studies Review: Volume 8, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Hames, Scott
Publication date31/05/2007
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/837
PublisherAssociation for Scottish Literary Studies
Publisher URLhttp://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SSR.html
ISSN1475-7737
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