Chapter 25. Scottish Short Stories (Post 1945)

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. Gavin Miller Fellow

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch25

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

Miller, G. (2008) Scottish Short Stories (Post 1945), in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. English Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770



  • Scottish Short Stories (post 1945);
  • allusion to the Reign of Terror of 1793–4 - parallel between post-war Britain and post-Revolutionary France;
  • “Full employment, the Welfare State, and social reconstruction - Scots to think of themselves as British”;
  • suspicion of post-war ideals in Muriel Spark's short story “You Should Have Seen the Mess”;
  • Brown valorizes pre-Reformation Orkney in stories such as “Master Halcrow, Priest”;
  • Kelman's style - response to stylistic hierarchy


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  • References and Further Reading