Victor SageUniversity of East Anglia

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‘The Grail, or the Holy Bloodshed . . .’
Cruelty, Darkness and the Body in Janice Galloway, Alison Kennedy and Louise Welsh
in Gothic Studies
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This essay seeks to define a Gothic tendency in the ‘viscerality’ of some recent and prominent Scottish women writers: Janice Galloway, Alison Kennedy and Louise Welsh. The argument addresses an alienating tension in this ‘viscerality’ between a fabular form and the impression of a new realism of social surfaces. This is a Gothic of cruelty and violent representation of the body, which opens a Scottish urban culture, portrayed as a synecdoche for divided consciousness, to fables of sexual and political alienation.

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