Subject Formation In Alasdair Gray


alasdair-gray After focusing on Scottish literature over on the Twitter’s a few weeks back I found one of the recurring theme was the notion of how Scottish identity was formed. That in turn collided with me re-reading Alasdair Gray’s fantastic political, fantasy novel ‘Poor Things.’ Here are the thoughts that followed…

On first reading it may well be easy to dismiss Alasdair Gray’s novel as nothing more in-depth than a gothic drama stitched together with the old technique of the ‘found manuscript.’ However as Will Self articulates it Grey is ‘a creative polymath with an integrated politico-philosophic vision’[1] and thus deserving of closer attention. The quote from Self will form the starting point for this essay focussing on the theoretical underpinnings for Gray’s political and philosophical ideas at play in the text. Key will be examining how these ideas function in action upon the characters themselves – in essence, how…

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