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Scotland’s Top Ten & the Inadequacy of a National Canon: Alasdair Gray’s Lanark (1981)

  Discusses the healthy overlap in the recent BBC Scotland poll on Scotland's Favourite Novel between popular appeal and critical recognition; judges Gray's Lanark as "Scotland's greatest modern novel," which "deserves to be much better known internationally," as "the outstanding postmodern challenge to the global conformism of capitalist hyper-individualism," laments that, despite their usefulness, such curated polls and lists are self-perpetuating, to the neglect of many distinctive Scottish novels, and concludes by asking "what would a truly uncurated top 30 look like?"

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    15 December 2017

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • ISSN:

    0039-3770

  • Library of Congress:

    PR English literature

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    820 English & Old English literatures

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Lyall, S. (2017). Scotland’s Top Ten & the Inadequacy of a National Canon: Alasdair Gray’s Lanark (1981). Studies in Scottish literature, 43(2),

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Keywords

Genre fiction, "Lanark", Alasdair Gray, postmodern fiction,

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