Imagined Borders, Subverted Centres and Hybridity

  • Ian Brown


This chapter questions whether Scotland is in relative terms truly a ‘small’ country. It examines the ways in which within its borders it has many internal boundaries, physical, cultural, political, historical and contemporary. A feature of developing Scottish identities has been that such borders are frequently crossed and hybrid identities developed. Such border crossing tests the national and cultural subtext, the idea of what is a boundary and, so, where the identity of Scottishness, artistic genre, individual and culture lies. As the ‘United’ Kingdom’s nature is questioned, so writers who cross genre, language and art form boundaries embody that inquiry. Interrogating artistic borders, they interrogate the national idea.


Hybridity Border subversion Boundary transgression Transborder Cultural centrifugalism Cultural centripetalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Kingston UniversityLondonUK

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