Imagined Identities in Lanark

“if a city hasn’t been used by an artist not even the inhabitants live there imaginatively”

Lanark, p.234

In this essay I explore the relationship between identity and the imagination in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark: A Life in Four Books. I unpick the uncanny layering and blurring of the reality in this text, and also explore the extent to which it matters which is the ‘real’ identity, and which is the ‘imagined’. Continue reading “Imagined Identities in Lanark”

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Warm Bodies Review

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I read Isaac Marion’s 2010 novel Warm Bodies last year as part of a Modern and Contemporary Gothic module, and while it received some harsh criticism from our tutor (to make a long story short, it was criticised for its utter failure as a piece of Gothic literature), I wanted explore it a little further because, I confess, I enjoyed the book. True, perhaps its didn’t show great skill in executing the Gothic mode, and perhaps it could have done with a little more diversity (it was also criticised for being too hetero-normative), and perhaps its ‘love is the answer to everything’ lesson was a little cliché, but I enjoyed it, and sometimes that’s all a novel needs to be – enjoyable.

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