SICRI conference, Guernsey

June 2010 – SICRI conference on Guernsey. 


23 Jun 2010 – 26 Jun 2010

Details:  Contact: The Head of Arts Development, Guernsey Arts Commission +44 (0) 1481 749258, or  for submission of papers, Phil Hayward at SICRI on e-mail Part of the Small Islands Cultural Research Institute based at Southern Cross University. Co hosted by the Guernsey Arts Commission in association with the Art and Islands Initiative and the Culture & Leisure Department

For a full list of all sessions and papers delivered  go to

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  1. A co-authored paper (Ray Burnett and Kathryn A Burnett) will be delivered by Ray Burnett on behalf of SCIS to the conference in Guernsey. The paper is “Portaying the Hebrides: the irresistible lure and the irredeemable legacy” and as the abstract below details, the paper offers a critical examination of the life and work of Compton Mackenzie in relation to the wider representation of islands and their portrayal. A version of this paper was delivered to the June 18th 2010 SCIS Research Meeting and Seminar, UWS. Thanks to colleagues for their comments.

    From the 18th century to the present, the islands that lie off the western seaboard of Scotland, collectively known as the Hebrides, have been one of the foremost island groups in Europe to attract the attention of artists and to acquire a substantial volume of cultural representations of their landscape, environment, people and communities, in literature, music, song, the visual arts, photography and film. Restricting itself to artistic representations in literature and film this paper examines the formulation and the legacy of two recurring and influential tropes of cultural representation of these islands ─ the ‘Hebridean Other’ and ‘Solitude and Desertion’.

    The literary prism for this close focus study is provided by the life and work of Compton Mackenzie, the islomanic inspiration for D. H. Lawrence’s short story, ‘The Man Who Loved Islands’. MacKenzie’s lifelong attraction to islands involved successive periodic residency on acquired island properties from Capri in Italy, to Herm and Jethou in the Channel Islands and the Shiants and Barra in the Hebrides. The screen adaptations of MacKenzie’s Hebridean novels and the acclaimed Hebridean classics of the Michael Powell / Emeric Pressberger partnership provide the filmic prism.

    The paper discusses the twin tropes of the ‘Hebridean Other’ and ‘Solitude and Desertion’ with specific reference to key iconic cultural representations, the novel/film adaptation Whisky Galore! (1947/1949 and the films The Edge of the World (1937) and I Know Where I’m Going (1945). It reflects on the enduring consequences of this cultural legacy for the island locations and communities with which they are associated, Barra, Eriskay, St Kilda, Mull and its adjacent isles in relation to the cultural referential framework they created. And it concludes by tracing the far-reaching and continuing reverberations in relation to ongoing issues relating to the cultural and symbolic capital of the islands.

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