The book provides an overview of major works in 20th century
Glasgow literature presenting fundamental changes in the way of
working-class people saw and see themselves. The works analysed,
written exclusively by writers from within the working classes,
employ various narrative techniques to convey the changing
perception of working-people themselves in a century that saw many
fundamental social changes. Formalist methods of analysing these
narrative methods combined with a detailed presentation of the
cultural background make sure that the reader is kept informed and
engaged throughout. The focus is on works by such influential
writers as James Kelman and Alasdair Gray, but short stories by
less known authors make this book also a starting point for further
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