THE SHIFTING SCOTTISH DIASPORA: IMAGES OF HOME IN ALISTAIR MACLEOD’S NO GREAT MISCHIEF
Keywords:diaspora, Scotland, homeland, myth, colonisation, class, globalization
This article aims to explore some of the controversial aspects that come up when dealing with the Scottish diaspora. The ambiguous position of the country as opposed to England, as well as the history of imperialism that is to be found in its background are some of the elements that complicate and question its very existence. No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod, is a novel set in Nova Scotia, Canada, whose characters constantly turn to the land of their ancestors, Scotland, in order to find connections and give meaning to their present lives. This article discusses the importance of these acts of re-construction, as well as the relevance of the other ‘homeland’, Cape Breton, for the characters of this novel and for the elusive concept of the Scottish diaspora.
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