Sandstone Press

On The Atlantic Edge by Kenneth White

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781905207084
Publication Date: 12/06/2006

On The Atlantic Edge

Kenneth White

On The Atlantic Edge is a self-contained series of lectures delivered to the Edinburgh International Book Festival and as the first Hi-Arts International Fellow in the Highlands of Scotland. The book consists of four lectures given by Kenneth White who sees Scotland as a nation making a distinctive cultural contribution to world culture, a theme he explores in the first of the lectures. This theme is broadened out in the remaining three lectures where White introduces and explores broader and more fundamental geo-concepts such as the 'Atlantic Arc' and the 'High North'.

Kenneth White

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Kenneth White is one of the most daring of Europe's writers, thinkers and teachers. Born in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, he spent his childhood and adolescence near Largs on...

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‘The book's title is a reference to the idea of the 'Atlantic Arc', a recognition by twenty-three European nations that they 'shared a common space', a 'space for projects'. This notion is fundamental to White's ideas. For White, geography is more than maps (and maps are often more than drawings); it includes the geology of Hutton; the way the drift of tectonic plates ultimately reminds us of our connections with other cultures. White prefers to speak about territories as these imply a relationship to the 'great outside', a new type of politics, and a renewed conception of culture.’
-Stuart B Campbell, Northwords Now