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"Might is right"?: Colonisation as a historical fact and literary metaphor in Irvine Welsh's Marabou Stork Nightmares

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dc.title "Might is right"?: Colonisation as a historical fact and literary metaphor in Irvine Welsh's Marabou Stork Nightmares en
dc.contributor.author Gregorová, Markéta
dc.relation.ispartof From Theory to Practice 2015
dc.identifier.issn 1805-9899 Scopus Sources, Sherpa/RoMEO, JCR
dc.date.issued 2016
utb.relation.volume 7
dc.citation.spage 51
dc.citation.epage 57
dc.event.title 7th International Conference on Anglophone Studies
dc.event.location Zlín
utb.event.state-en Czech Republic
utb.event.state-cs Česká republika
dc.event.sdate 2015-09-03
dc.event.edate 2015-09-04
dc.type conferenceObject
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Tomas Bata University in Zlín
dc.subject Scottish literature en
dc.subject Irvine Welsh en
dc.subject Marabou Stork Nightmares en
dc.subject colonisation en
dc.subject violence en
dc.description.abstract This paper focuses on the theme of colonisation interlocked with a specifically-male desire for power in Irvine Welsh's Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995). The novel elaborates in fictional and historical terms on the then Prime Minister John Major's policy on violent crimes in general and juvenile delinquency in particular, encapsulated in his statement used as the book's motto: "We should condemn more and understand less." The novel's narrator/protagonist, Roy Strang, is reduced to an apparent vegetative state after a failed suicide attempt committed as a result of guilt over his active involvement in a brutal gang rape of a young woman. Imprisoned in his unfeeling body, his mind seeks to assume control by conjuring up heroic fantasies of his hunting down and killing a specimen of marabou stork, a symbolic embodiment of evil. Intruding in his fantasy are memories of his time spent as a teenager in South Africa, where he first experienced the sensation of power as a member of the white colonisers, who were by default considered superior to the local black population. In the broader picture of national histories, Roy witnesses the exploited natives revolting and taking revenge on their oppressors, including the killing of Roy's uncle. On the small scale of individual lives, Roy sees the woman whom he raped taking an equally-violent revenge on her tormentors, including Roy himself. While the novel does not profess to offer an alternative solution, it illustrates that revolution does not equal revenge, which merely replaces one form of violence with another. en
utb.faculty Faculty of Humanities
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10563/1007491
utb.identifier.obdid 43877539
utb.identifier.wok 000409395300005
utb.source d-wok
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-16T14:43:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-16T14:43:38Z
utb.contributor.internalauthor Gregorová, Markéta
utb.fulltext.affiliation Markéta Gregorová Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Mostní 5139, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic. Email: marketagregorova@outlook.cz
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utb.wos.affiliation [Gregorova, Marketa] Tomas Bata Univ Zlin, Fac Humanities, Dept Modern Languages & Literatures, Mostni 5139, Zlin 76001, Czech Republic
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