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Paul Kincaid

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041013

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252041013.001.0001

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Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

(p.1) Chapter 1 Crossing the Bridge
Iain M. Banks

Paul Kincaid

University of Illinois Press

This chapter considers the early career of Iain Banks, covering his childhood, his meeting with Ken MacLeod, the shaping of their ideas about science fiction, his university career and his early, unpublished fiction. It looks at the influence of Erving Goffman and R.D. Laing on his work, particularly Laing’s notion of the divided self which would play a part in all of his fiction. It looks at his controversial debut, The Wasp Factory, the structural experimentation of Walking on Glass, and the influence of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark on The Bridge.

Keywords:   Iain Banks, Ken MacLeod, science fiction, Erving Goffman, R.D. Laing, divided self, The Wasp Factory, Walking on Glass, The Bridge, Alasdair Gray, Lanark

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