Wicker men andStraw dogs: internal colonialism in Celtic novels and films 1968–1978

Marion Gibson
  • National Identities, June 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2012.732052

What is it about?

Using Michael Hechter's theory of internal colonialism, the article analyses texts set in or related to Cornwall - Ritual, Straw Dogs, The Wicker Man, The Siege of Trencher's Farm - to see how Celts were portrayed as dangerous in 1960s and 1970s fiction.

Why is it important?

Challenges stereotypes of the Celt and Anglo-Saxon; looks at several little-known texts alongside canonical ones; contributes to modern area studies, British Studies, Celtic studies, Cornish Studies


Marion Gibson (Author)

The persistence of stereotypes from Caesar's time to the present is extraordinary! But also the article has a surprising "twist" conclusion...

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