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Internal, imaginary and ontological exile in Peter Urpeth’s Far Inland (2006)

Abstract : The paper proposes to examine how Peter Urpeth, in his first published novel Far Inland (2006), attempted to re-write the traditional dichotomies between island and city, magic and reality, origin and exile. Central to the issues of exile and return, the notions of change, solitude (whether it is voluntary or not) and solipsism will be explored through the analysis of a novel set in Lewis that focuses on the figure of the wanderer. The latter’s homecoming is the occasion for Urpeth to explore the place of origin through space, time and spirituality. By resorting to an imposing array of symbols inspired from Inuit shamanism, Urpeth suggests the possibility of a return to an original, pre-Christian and re-enchanted Scotland. While considering how this new (?) proposal for an alternative collective identity is grounded in the paradoxical notion of ontological exile, the paper offers to inscribe the novel within the desire, shown by many contemporary Scottish artists, to “re-imagine” Scotland and provide it with new surfaces of inscription and existential territories.
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Camille Manfredi. Internal, imaginary and ontological exile in Peter Urpeth’s Far Inland (2006). Etudes écossaises, 2010, Exil et retour, 13, pp.169-176. ⟨hal-01114796⟩



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