James Kelman: Politics and Aesthetics

Author:   Aaron Kelly
Publisher:   Verlag Peter Lang
Edition:   New edition
Volume:   3
ISBN:  

9783039111305


Pages:   239
Publication Date:   23 April 2013
Format:   Paperback
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James Kelman: Politics and Aesthetics


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This study argues that James Kelman's work should not be construed as a resigned capitulation to capitalist domination or to the fracture of a once unified working-class collective purpose. Politics are to be found not only in the content but also the form of Kelman's work. The radical aspect of his style is that rather than pandering to a ready-made identity, he remains antagonistically non-identical to the prevailing logic of capitalism by contesting its supposedly shared worldview and modes of perception. Instead, Kelman's fiction continually disputes the notion of consensus by revealing the voices of those excluded, those who are unaccounted for in that false consensus. His work uncovers a stark contradiction in the governing logic of our times: we are asked to accept that class has disappeared at the same time that we are told the system that causes it in the first place - capitalism - is inevitably here forever. Even the most alienated individuals in his stories remind us that isolation can transcend itself by returning us to the social conditions that are its cause. We find politics in Kelman's aesthetics, as his work formally contests who has the right to feel, to think, to speak.

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Author:   Aaron Kelly
Publisher:   Verlag Peter Lang
Imprint:   Verlag Peter Lang
Edition:   New edition
Volume:   3
Dimensions:   Width: 15.00cm , Height: 1.30cm , Length: 22.50cm
Weight:   0.380kg
ISBN:  

9783039111305


ISBN 10:   3039111302
Pages:   239
Publication Date:   23 April 2013
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Aaron Kelly is a lecturer in modern and contemporary literature at the University of Edinburgh.

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