Local Hero: The Places of David Greig

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David Greig’s internationalism as a writer and his well-known hostility to nationalism would seem, on the face of it, to be contradicted by his enthusiastic and vocal support for independence during the Scottish Referendum campaign of 2014-15. This article argues that his plays offer a complex articulation of the relations between localism and internationalism that recognizes the values and limitations of both positions. The value of imagination is asserted over geography in a way that has affinities with the political position of cosmopolitanism. The article suggests that this might be considered a ‘nationalism without nation’ which is also at work in Greig’s thinking through of the possibilities of Scottish independence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary Theatre Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2016

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