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  • Post Date 2018-11-08T10:14:10+00:00
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grayne (Armstrong) - Essay

Your essay should be 2,500 words in length (+ or- 5%) In relation to the grayne (Armstrong) please discuss one of the following: 1 The Outlaw Hero 2 Caledonian Antisyzygy 3 The Ballad Tradition 4 The Ghost Story 5 Regional Poetry

Please answer one question for assignment 2 from those listed beneath. You may not use either the same primary text or substantially the same material that you used in Assignment 1. Each essay should be 2,500 words in length (+ or- 5%).

 

  1. For Hobsbawm the social bandit: ‘reflects the social values and ideology of his community…his victims are those defined as enemies by his community’. Discuss, closely relating your answer to the depiction of at least one ‘social bandit’ in the Border Ballads.

 

  1. According to Willy Maley and Alison O’Malley-Younger ‘Caledonian Antisyzygy’ can be defined as ‘the antithesis, ambivalence and ambiguity which results from straddling opposing ideologies and national identities’. Discuss with specific reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

  1. Discuss the Autodidactic tradition in Scottish Poetry in relation to either Burns, or Hogg or both.

 

  1. With reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course discuss either the notion of ‘mimicry’ or ‘inferiorism’.

 

  1. Rousseau’s notion of the noble savage is often applied to the Highlander. Can it be applied equally to the Borderer? Discuss, referring your answer closely to the Border Ballads.

 

  1. Discuss either the notion of ‘Tartanry’ or Kailyardism as responses to British colonialism. Relate your answer to at least one text you have studied on this course.

 

  1. How do representations of the Reivers (as depicted in the Border Ballads) levy creative capital from discourses of primitivism? Discuss, referring your answer closely to the Border Ballads.

 

  1. Can a Borders literature be a repository of a national sensibility? Discuss referring your answer closely to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

  1. As Cairns Craig argues: ‘too often in studies of Scottish Culture the apparent lack of unity of the self is taken to be the symptom of a failed identity, of a self-contradictory and destructive identity, rather than that the healthy self is always a dialectic operating within and between ‘opposing’ elements of the self and others’. Discuss with specific reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

  1. ‘Walter Scott’s reputation was perhaps the most spectacular casualty of Antisyzygy nationalism, which cast the author of Waverley as chief Unionist collaborator, a Wicked Wizard of the North who enchanted an entire tradition into a moth-eaten museum-piece’. Discuss with specific reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

  1. According to Cairns Craig Scottish Literature represents: ‘a world of cycles and repetitions, rather than beginnings, middles and ends; a world in which the logic of history has failed, and has been replaced by myth – a mythic sensibility inseparable from its colonial context.’ Discuss with specific reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

  1. Discuss the notion of the outlaw hero/social bandit in relation to Walter Scott’s ‘Rob Roy’.

 

  1. A number of scholars have examined the concept of Scottish Gothic, arguing that there is something distinctive and even exceptional about the Gothic as manifested in Scottish texts. Discuss with specific reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

  1. While the Gothic has often been the conduit for collective fantasies and nightmares, there is something/someone/some body that haunts the fringes of the Scottish imagination… perhaps the whisper of history, pain, feudalism, legend, all or none of these things, but undoubtedly Scotland`s is a fiction haunted by itself, one in a perpetual state of Gothicism. (Ian Duncan). Discuss with specific reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

  1. According to Maley and O’Malley-Younger: the ‘Gothicism’ of the Celtic peripheries is symptomatic of a history of unresolved issues and unfinished business, littered with the detritus left by the colonial storm of progress; a cryptic palimpsest of ellipses and silences from which ancestral voices cry out for retribution and reprisal, and the silenced Celtic bogeyman threatens to contaminate the present with his primitive, anachronistic return’. Discuss with specific reference to at least one of the texts you have studied on this course.

 

Paul Coates argues that ‘Stories that deal explicitly with the Double seem in the main to be written by authors who are suspended between language and cultures … Here the Double is the self when it speaks another language’. Discuss with reference to one of the texts you have studied on this course.


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