Alasdair Gray /
Stephen Bernstein.
Lewisburg, Pa. : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999.
187 p. ; 24 cm.
0838754147 (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg, Pa. : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999.
0838754147 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-183) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-02:
At a time when Scottish novelists like Kelman, Welsh, Torrington, et al. are attracting the attention of critics of postmodern English literature, Bernstein (Univ. of Michigan, Flint) focuses on perhaps the most outrageous of contemporary Scottish writers (Gray himself rejects the label "postmodernist"). Although Bernstein deals only with the novels--deemphasizing Gray's drama, short stories, poetry, nonfiction, paintings, or drawings--in fact the best of Gray's fiction owes much to these genres and media. After a general introductory chapter on Gray's life and works, Bernstein devotes six chapters to the main novels. He provides challenging, rewarding analyses of Lanark, which mixes fantasy and realism, and the Proustian 1982 Janine, an aesthetic and metaphysic attempt to obliterate the past. Other chapters treat The Fall of Kelvin Walker and McGrotty and Ludmilla, looking at economic satire on Anglo-Scottish relations of the 1960s; and Something Leather, Gray's poorly constructed, disappointing rehash of radio and TV scripts, Gray's most despairing work. Finally, Bernstein looks at the best of Gray's later work--Poor Things, which owes something to 19th-century fantasy, and A History Maker, set in a quasi-utopian future Scotland. The conclusion, devoted to the novella Mavis Belfrage, captures the role of history, education, and the family in Gray's work. Large undergraduate and graduate collections. J. Walker; Queen's University at Kingston
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Alasdair Gray is the first American study of this important Scottish novelist's work, and the first comprehensive study of his novels to appear anywhere. It encompasses the full range of Gray's career, from Lanark to Mavis Belfrage.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Abbreviationsp. 11
Chronologyp. 13
Introducing Alasdair Grayp. 17
Lanark (1981)p. 35
1982 Janine (1984)p. 59
The Fall of Kelvin Walker and McGrotty and Ludmilla (1986; 1990)p. 82
Something Leather (1990)p. 97
Poor Things (1992)p. 109
A History Maker (1994; 1996)p. 134
Conclusion: Mavis Belfrage (1996) and Afterp. 153
App. 1p. 159
App. 2p. 161
Notesp. 163
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 184
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