Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What positive and negative attributes of male-dominant culture are revealed in Irvine Welsh’s fiction?

Examine how Welsh’s Trainspotting dispels romanticized images of Scotland, its heritage, and its history.

Explore how Welsh’s dark humor both relieves and reinforces the despair and hopelessness of his characters’ lives.

In the aptly named Glue, how do sex, drugs, and rock and roll serve to bond Terry, Billy, Carl, and Gally? What other factors cement their friendship?

The four mates in Glue inherit moral codes from their fathers. How do these codes help direct their behaviors, and under what circumstances do they fail to serve them?

What is Welsh’s attitude toward Scottish nationalism and independence?

How do Welsh’s plot devices, including his use of montage and competing narrators, reflect the disjunction of his characters’ circumstances?