“Make Out its Not Unnatural At All”: Janice Galloway’s Mother Tongue

  • Mary M. McGlynn
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


Local identity in the novels of Kelman and Doyle blends regional, working-class vernacular with wariness about constructions of nation. Several of Doyle’s novels explore how gender inflects this recipe, revealing the expectations society places on its women as standard-bearers and national icons. Similarly, Janice Galloway’s women are often aware of their secondary status in a male-centered society, depicted amidst their reaction to it. These Scottish women that Galloway depicts refuse to conform to historic women’s roles, whether the Celtic symbol of motherhood and the land, the ever-enduring British wife, or the sterile, bitter old maid; instead, they articulate their rejection of these norms through formations of alternate families, through play with metaphors of ingestion, and through reconceptions of male-dominated Enlightenment history and philosophy.


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