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A date with my wife

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Published

Publication date2001
Place of publicationEdinburgh
PublisherCanongate
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)1841951404
Original languageEnglish

Bibliographic note

This is a collection of stories focusing on changing male roles in contemporary society. More specifically, the stories feature men who are separated from their wives and children, or unemployed and unable to contribute meaningfully to the family and society, or subject to the dual pressures of playing a nurturing role within the family and demonstrating unqualified loyalty to a demanding employer. Formally, many of the stories employ unusual narrative strategies to explore this theme: for example, in 'Welcome to Knoxland' the story takes the form of an Internet search in which a phantom Internet surfer alights on 'Knoxland', a nightmarish Scottish site where protestant theology and pornography go hand in hand. In other stories, genres are employed in innovative ways: for instance, 'The Host' examines its central character's sense of alienation and inner division by presenting a demonic fiction in the Scottish tradition of Hogg and Stevenson; whilst 'Something New' employs a science-fiction premise to investigate recent and hypothetical developments in transplant surgery and the effects of these developments on a character seeking to enhance his sexuality. (A Date with my Wife was translated into French as Bienvenue sur Knoxland (LE PASSEUR Cecofop, 2001). RAE_import_type : Authored book RAE_uoa_type : English Language and Literature