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The Glass Half Full: Moving Beyond Scottish Miserablism
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The Glass Half Full: Moving Beyond Scottish Miserablism (Paperback)

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Synopsis

A self-help book for the Scottish psyche



Cultural Miserablism: the power of the negative story with no redemption and no escape, that wallows in its own bleakness.



Scotland is a small and immensely creative country. The role of the arts and culture is one that many are rightly proud of. But do we portray Scotland in the light we should?



There is a tendency in film, literature and other cultural output to portray the negative aspects of Scottish life. In The Glass Half Full, filmmaker Eleanor Yule and academic David Manderson explore the origins of this bleak take on Scottish life, its literary and cultural expressions, and how this phenomenon in film has risen to the level of a genre which audiences both domestic and international see as a recognisable story of contemporary Scotland.



What does miserablism tell us about ourselves? When did we become cultural victims? Is it time we move away from an image of Scotland that constantly casts itself as the poor relation?



From the Trainspotting to the Kailyard, The Glass Half Full confronts the negative Scotland we portray notonly to the world but, most importantly, ourselves.



Do [they] accurately reflect the reality of life in Scotland for the majority of the population or are they just `stories' we like to tell ourselves about ourselves? - ELEANOR YULE



Our greatest export is the diversity of our fiction, the myriad of alternatives between its contrasts and all its new heroes and heroines. It's time we knew it. - DAVID MANDERSON

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm: styles & genresHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologies Publisher: Luath Press Ltd Publication Date: 15/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9781910021347  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 30/09/2018.  

Eleanor Yule is a prize-winning film director who has produced over thirty films and documentaries, including arts programmes with Michael Palin. David Manderson is an academic and novelist who teaches creative writing and screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland.

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