Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off - A Text for a Postcolonial Studies Curriculum?


Essay, 2006

8 Pages, Grade: B1 (17/22)


Abstract or Introduction

Just a few weeks ago, in a tutorial for the Postcolonial Studies course I am taking, I heard that, at a university in Britain, someone had put Lewis Grassic Gibbon’sSunset Songon the curriculum - a selection which struck me as incongruous, having read the book in a Scottish Literature class. I thought to myself, how far can one go in the mission of reading a postcolonial context onto or into any text? Is it enough for a text to display some sort of theme of displacement or estrangement, a struggle with identity, for it to be postcolonial? If this question is to be answered in the affirmative, and if ‘postcolonialism is extended to an increasing number of contexts, a need to rely upon theoretical models that lack materialist specificity in favour of general applicability’ is indispensable. Although ‘postcolonial theory is often seen as applicable to contexts that are not colonial’, as it deals with issues of displacement, marginalisation and otherness in general, one Scottish play registered to me as befitting perfectly well both a colonial context, as well as one of displacement and marginalisation, is Liz Lochhead’sMary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off(MQS). Although it can be seen as a history play, it is effectively a revisitation of the history and myths that surround Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, which seeks to ‘debate the ideas and representations of “Scottishness”’ in a Scotland that is nowadays still subjugated by the English supremacy in Britain.

Details

Title
Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off - A Text for a Postcolonial Studies Curriculum?
College
University of Glasgow  (Department of English Literature)
Course
Module T4 - Postcolonialism: Theory and Writing
Grade
B1 (17/22)
Author
Year
2006
Pages
8
Catalog Number
V50453
ISBN (eBook)
9783638466691
File size
458 KB
Language
English
Keywords
Mary, Queen, Scots, Head, Chopped, Text, Postcolonial, Studies, Curriculum, Module, Postcolonialism, Theory, Writing
Quote paper
Jenny Roch (Author), 2006, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off - A Text for a Postcolonial Studies Curriculum?, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/50453

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