Beating, retreating: violence and withdrawal in Iain Banks and John Burnside

Brewster, Scott (2006) Beating, retreating: violence and withdrawal in Iain Banks and John Burnside. In: Ethically Speaking: Voice and Values in New Scottish Writing. SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature (6). Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, pp. 179-198. ISBN 9789042020849

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This chapter traces the preoccupation with masculine violence, the ambivalent relation to the father, and the fascination with alternative modes of being in the fiction of Iain Banks and John Burnside. While both writers depict various forms of retreat and withdrawal from the external world, they also highlight the limits and consequences of such ethical disengagement.

Keywords:Iain Banks, Johns Burnside, Gothic, male violence, Emmanuel Levinas
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:19 Sep 2014 09:33

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