Black Scottish Writing and the Fiction of Diversity
This chapter will consider the issues around teaching postcolonial literature in the Scottish university classroom by analysing the question through two different lenses: the use of ‘postcolonial’ in Scottish literary studies to partially figure the relationship between Scotland and England, and discussions of race in Scotland through recent iterations of an inclusive Scottish civic nationalism. This chapter will argue that the displacement of politicised histories of racism to the broader British context, coupled with Scotland’s own framing of colonial and colonised history, has de-emphasised race as a significant marker of difference in Scottish literary criticism, while Scottish writing by ethnic minorities has produced a more ambivalent relationship to race and nationalism. This contradiction reflects some of the ideological tensions around teaching race in Scotland.
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